A selectively-permeable biological membrane that separates the interior of all cells from the outside environment.

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What is a membrane potential?

I know this may be silly, but I am confused to what a membrane potential actually is. I understand that at resting membrane potential is -70- -80 mV. But what does that exactly mean and how does this ...
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Blebbistatin effect on vesicles

Blebbistatin is a drug that specifically inhibits the assembly of myosin in the cytoskeleton. What effect would you expect blebbistatin to have on intracellular vesicles? ...
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Antihistamine's effect on insulin secretion and tiredness?

Antihistamines are known to cause tiredness. The essential hormones of the body are insulin (glucose), parathyroid hormone (calcium) and aldosterone (Na-K ATPase, sodium). I am thinking how this ...
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What is membrane-partitioning free energy? Can it be simulated?

Firstly, is there a strict definition of the "membrane-partitioning free energy"? It is banded around in membrane biology, but I have never seen it strictly defined. The only non-scholarly site that ...
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Density of Receptors of a mammal

I know it's a very open question. It's for a paper. So as a reference I'm looking maybe for the average density of insulin receptors per cell of a human tissue. I want to compare it to the density of ...
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Doubt in a multiple choice question involving cell organelles

Find the odd one out and state the category of the rest. Chloroplast Mitochondria Nucleus Grana Now my answers are : 1st possibility : grana Category : presence of DNA in ...
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Why don't membrane proteins move?

I understand that based on their tertiary structure, intrinsic proteins have hydrophobic non-polar R-groups on their surface and that they 'interact with the hydrophobic core of the cell membrane to ...
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can the donnan effect be reversed so phospholipids follow ions? [closed]

I know that there are flipases and flopases that facilitate this sort of thing, but i'm curious about other possible influences. Can donnan effect be reversed so that phospholipids follow ions. For ...
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Why doesn't the cell membrane just…break apart?

Forgive me if this is a silly question. I can't understand the basics. Why doesn't the cell membrane just break apart? What's keeping the layers in the phospholipid bilayer together? I know that the ...
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Why was the Davson-Danielli model rejected?

According to my textbook, Davson-Danielli's model of a phospholipid bilayer sandwiched between two layers of globular protein was incorrect. The nonpolar protein portions would separate the polar ...
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Why do cell membranes have a lipid bilayer instead of a monolayer?

Many cells have a cell membrane composed of two layers of lipids. Why is it that they have two layers and not just one? What purpose do this arrangement serve?
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Why should phospholipid non-polar tails be “protected” in the membrane bilayer?

lipids are arranged within the membrane with polar head towards the outer side and non polar tails towards inner side, this ensures that the non polar tail is protected from aqueous environment. My ...
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Does alcohol affect water potential across a tonoplast? If so, would it cause it to explode or implode?

This was a question I saw in a biology exam I recently sat. I know it affects the r-groups of the transport proteins, causing them to change shape and become leaky, but does it also affect water ...
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How many cell membranes are oxygen and carbon dioxide diffuse through in the lungs?

In the lungs, oxygen and carbon dioxide pass through cell membranes by diffusion. Which row is correct? The correct answer is D, but I think it should be B. I can only think about three layers as ...
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“Most bacteria have at least one cell wall”

In the first answer to How do we find antibiotics? @Ashafix claims that Most bacteria have at least one cell wall Does this mean that there are bacteria with more than one cell membrane? Which ...
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Photosynthesis and its subtopics [closed]

Which of the following statements about photosynthesis is true? a. Photosynthesis is an energy consuming process b. The light-dependent reactions produce the energy-rich compounds that are used up ...
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What are the secondary structure requirements for cell-penetrating peptides AKA protein transduction domains

Cell penetrating peptides. Cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) are a class of short amino acid sequences which are sufficient for crossing cell membranes and delivering themselves along with any ...
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What would happen if a cell is poked by a fine needle?

I had seen this question in an exam: A living cell has a protoplasm which is water based and demarcated by a lipid bilayer membrane. If a cell is pierced to 1/5th of its diameter with a very sharp ...
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Effect of ethanol and detergent on cell membranes problem

I am currently writing my biology report for an experiment I did on how ethanol and detergent affect the cell membrane. For my ethanol experiment, all went as expected BUT for my detergent experiment, ...
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What is the transmembrane 'Positive-Inside Rule' nowadays? Has the definition changed over time?

First definition. Two publications by von Heijne in 1989 and 1992 coined the 'Positive-Inside rule' and showed it's practical value in topology prediction of transmembrane helices. It was clearly ...
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Are Gram negative bacteria classified as such because of their negative membrane potential?

Does the membrane potential usually quoted for Gram negative bacteria (e.g., E. coli) refer to the potential across both membranes? - If yes, then does the potential fall more over the inner or outer ...
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What is the difference between organelle membranes?

Cells and organelles are contained in lipid bilayers. I'm particularly interested in eukaryotic organelle bilayers and the biophysicochemical differences between them. Many papers assume a ...
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Effect of increasing Extracellular Na+ Concentration on resting voltage and likelihood of an action potential of occuring

If you increase the extracellular Na+ concentration how will this effect the resting voltage and likelihood that an action potential of will occur? Please explain using the Goldman–Hodgkin–Katz ...
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How do lipid-soluble substances diffuse through the cell membrane?

It’s said that water-soluble substances can diffuse through cell membrane with less ease than lipid-soluble substances because the former encounters impedance in the hydrophobic region of the ...
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Concentration gradients across membranes with different ions

I'm trying to gain an intuition for the dynamics of across neuronal membranes. The overarching idea here is they are controlled by ion concentration gradients across the membrane (which we can ...
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Amount of Na+ needed to be transfered in order to depolarize the membrane?

I found out that the number of $Na^+$ ions that is needed to be transfered across the membrane to make it depolarized is a small number. In what way its proved? (Goldman equation maybe?)
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Can an emulsion enter a cell?

I've been tempted on cooking.stackexchange to answer a question, and I did, out of my mind. (In retrospect, I shouldn't have done so, based on my lack of citable resources.) I've heard that a water ...
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Are receptors integral membrane proteins or peripheral membrane proteins?

In tegral membranes serve as transporters. Peripheral protiens serve as cell adhesion molecules, antigens and enzymes. So what about receptors? Which protiens carry out the duty of receptors?
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What is internal symmetry in membrane proteins?

I have come across the term "internal symmetry" in the context of membrane proteins, but have never found a satisfactory definition. I'm struggling to figure out exactly what this term means... What ...
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Difference between protein channels, protein carriers and protein pumps?

I'm revising for my biology exam and I don't fully comprehend the difference between protein channels, carriers and pumps. I know that: Protein channels do not require ATP (passive transport) The ...
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Which step in endocytosis requires ATP?

Everybody seems to agree that endocytosis is an energy-using process, and as such requires ATP hydrolysis. However, which particular step requires it? More precisely, which 'molecular machine' ...
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How do inward rectifier potassium channels work in the heart?

Apparently in cardiomyocytes, there is an inward rectifying potassium channel that operates during phase 4 of the cardiomyocyte action potential. I have heard that despite this potassium channel ...
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Why does uniprot sometimes not label single-pass transmembrane proteins as “anchors”?

Currently, section 3a) of unitprot TRANSMEM reference page divides single-pass transmembrane proteins into 4 types: ...
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What does uniprot consider “unambiguous” evidence for the subcellular domain of a protein?

Uniprot has annotation for subcellular location of protein domains. This topological domain information of proteins is under the TOPO_DOM flag. In most cases the ...
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Mitochodrial osmotic flux

If you incubate mitochondria in isosmotic solution of Tris/EGTA and KCH3COO solution with rotenone, no swelling occurs at first - i.e. no ions enter the matrix so water doesn't follow to compensate ...
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Permeability of Plasma Membrane

I’m having trouble grasping why small polar molecules can cross the hydrophobic region of the membrane and not ions. Won’t the polar molecules be attracted to the watery extracellular medium and not ...
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Relationship between turgor pressure and osmotic pressure?

I would like to know if there is a relationship between osmotic pressure (inside and outside of a cell) and turgor pressure. If so, is there a way to formalize it mathematically? Thank you in advance,...
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Cellular concentractions, why do they remain constant?

The GHK equation indicates that at its resting potential there is no net current flowing into or out of the cell. However, if we consider the current due to just one ion, then this will be none-zero ...
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How does membrane potential vary between intraceullar membranes and the cellular membrane?

Question Does each type of membrane have a different membrane potential? I'm especially interested in answers that can cite academic papers that have attempted to measure membrane potentials. ...
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At what point during an action potential are the sodium potassium pumps working?

I'm trying to understand how all of the potentials during an action potential are created. My question specifically is about the sodium potassium pumps, however I would also be grateful if someone ...
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Difference between facilitated diffusion and secondary active transport in cells

Specifically, what is the difference between facilitated diffusion carrier processes (passive transport) and secondary active transport co-transport processes (active transport)? They seem to be the ...
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What recovers normal polarisation after hyperpolarisation?

I have been taught that a Na+/K+ pump helps to recover normal polarisation after hyperpolarisation in neurons. I could not find out how it does that, since I've also been taught that such a pump moves ...
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Is there any way to make protein pass through cell membrane?

Protein cannot pass cell membrane because it's a large molecule. Until now, is there any technique that can make protein pass through the cell membrane in vivo? I want to create a protein-drug that ...
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Rate of potassium/sodium transport

Assume that the plasma membrane of a cell was suddenly permeable to the same degree to both Na+ and K+ and that each responded to a concentration gradient of the same magnitude. Would you expect these ...
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Mechanism of Octoxynol-10 as a preservative in vaccines

I noticed that the Fluarix Quad flu shot this season contains Octoxynol-10 rather than Thimerosal as a preservative. I am not expert in this area, so I did a Google search of "Octoxynol-10", and ...
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Why does the 'Positive-inside Rule' exist?

Gunnar von Heijne's Positive-inside Rule seems to have been around for a couple of decades and underpins a lot of what we know about transmembrane topology. It is used to predict the topology of a ...
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What happen if we inject restriction enzyme into the blood

Just a curious question, if we extract restriction enzyme and inject it to our body, what happen? Does antibody recognize and block it? Can restriction enzyme pass over cell membrane and destroy the ...
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How can a polar molecule pass through polar channels of proteins in the cell membrane?

To transport a polar molecule through the nonpolar cell membrane, a protein with a polar channel is needed to allow it to diffuse. However, if the molecule is polar and the channel is polar, wouldn't ...
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Can general soap kill bacteria?

I have read that general soap can kill bacteria by opening holes in the bacterial membrane. http://questions.sci-toys.com/node/90 However, I found some articles as well saying that it cannot. http:/...