Definition of ionophore in English:

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Pronunciation: /īˈänəˌfôr/


A substance that is able to transport particular ions across a lipid membrane in a cell.
Example sentences
  • Light microscopy of stained mitochondria from the mutant cells treated with nigericin revealed that the ionophore was able to restore their defective morphology to an almost normal appearance.
  • Temperature altered the membrane properties homogeneously, whereas the ionophore increased order heterogeneously.
  • The same holds for the application of a transmembrane potential that is limited to the generation of a diffusion potential by the usage of ion-specific ionophores.

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Syllabification: i·on·o·phore

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