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oligomer

[ə′lig·ə·mər]
(organic chemistry)
A molecule made up of a relatively small number of monomer units.
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Bax, which is usually located in the cytosol, transfers to the OMM during apoptosis and oligomerizes to form pores facilitating the release of pro-apoptotic molecules (Reed 2006).
Majumdar was able to do this by generating an Orb2 mutant that lacks the normal ability to oligomerize yet maintains a near-normal concentration in neurons.
Second, membrane-bound protomers must oligomerize into a nonlytic prepore heptamer complex.
2003) Amyloid O-protein (AO) assembly: AO40 and AO42 oligomerize through distinct pathways.
In the course of forming gap junctions, the connexins oligomerize into hexameric arrays known as "connexons" or "hemichannels" that assemble in the plasma membrane before docking with the connexons of adjacent cells (1).
These paranuclei are initial structures that can further oligomerize to larger units and form large oligomers, protofibrils, and fibrils.
42], which is much more hydrophobic and thus more apt to oligomerize and polymerize than the other major species, A[[beta].
Six connexin polypeptides oligomerize to form a membrane hemichannel, or connexon, which can dock with the connexons from adjacent cells to form an aqueous pore (d [approximately equal to] 16 A) which allows the cell-to-cell diffusion of ions, second-messenger molecules, and metabolites having a molecular mass [less than or equal to] 1 kDa.
Six connexin polypeptides oligomerize to form a membrane hemichannel or connexon, clusters of which join with the connexons of adjacent cells to create the gap junction.
Additionally, Crimmins (30) used sedimentation equilibrium ultracentrifugation and circular dichroism methods to demonstrate that synthetic NT-proBNP dissolved in phosphate-buffered saline cannot oligomerize by a coiled-coil reaction.