cell membrane

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Synonyms for cell membrane

a thin membrane (a double layer of lipids) enclosing the cytoplasm of a cell

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When one of several specific proteins, most commonly EGF (epidermal growth factor) or TGF-alpha (one of the so-called transforming growth factors), binds to the external portion of the receptor, it pairs with an identical or a similar receptor nearby in the cell's membrane.
The membranes of these hollow spheres consist of fatty molecules--lipids--in the same arrangement as that of similar lipids in a living cell's membrane.
Until 20 years ago, the flattened spheres of lipid molecules, ranging from 50 to 200 nanometers in diameter, were dismissed as merely free-floating fragments of a cell's membrane.
Ion channels act like valves that regulate the flow of ions, such as potassium and sodium, across a cell's membrane.
Driving this activity are voltage-gated ion channels--pores that quickly open or dose to various ions depending on the electrical properties of the cell's membrane.