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Protonophore

Definition
noun, plural: protonophores
The ionophore carrying protons to facilitate crossing the lipid bilayer.
Supplement
Certain uncouplers are protonophores. They aid in translocating protons that would otherwise be unable to cross the lipid bilayer because of the positive charge and hydrophilic characteristics they possess.
Word origin: proton + -o- + –phore (Greek –phoros, bearing)
Synonym(s):

  • proton translocator

See also:

  • ionophore
  • lipid bilayer


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