ionophore

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ionophore

[ī′än·ə‚fȯr]
(biochemistry)
Any of a class of compounds, generally cyclic, having the ability to carry ions across lipid barriers due to the property of cation selectivity; examples are valinomycin and nonactin.
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Ionophore antibiotics, represented by monensin, have been widely used all over the world as feed additives for ruminant livestock since the mid 1970s.
Ionophore antibiotics are used to manipulate rumen fermentation, and to increase weight gain of growing cattle and other ruminants, while nonionophore antibiotics are used to selectively modify microbial gut populations and to combat low-level infections, particularly in intensive systems involving poultry and pigs.