molecular receptor

molecular receptor

[mə′lek·yər·lər ri′sep·tər]
(organic chemistry)
A species that can select one of many possible binding partners and form a complex that is stabilized by interactions such as hydrogen bonding or changes in solvation.
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The NMDA receptor is a molecular receptor on the surface of brain cells that modulates the speed with which thoughts are generated.
The current work examines the related gene TAS2R16, which codes for a molecular receptor that binds salicin.
When adenosine binds to a molecular receptor on brain cells called A1, it reduces the activity of neurons and lessens the strength of gamma rhythms.
Caffeine prevents adenosine binding to a molecular receptor on brain cells called A1, thereby blocking its effects and boosting gamma rhythms.
Every time a T cell matures in the thymus it rearranges its DNA to create a molecular receptor that can recognize pathogens and other foreign molecules, leaving loops of excised DNA behind.
Drugs should target more than one particular molecular structure and molecular receptor in the central nervous system.
DeLuca and his colleagues synthesized 2MD by tinkering with a part of the vitamin D molecule that binds to a molecular receptor on the surface of cells.
However, they still haven't found the molecular receptor that allows resistin to bind to cells.
The nice thing about this is that you make nature give you the selectivity you want," notes chemist and molecular receptor specialist Donald J.
Researchers last week reported identifying and cloning the molecular receptor that enables rhinoviruses to infect human nasal-passage cells.
Molecular receptors capable of carbohydrate recognition have a great potential in diagnostics and therapeutics.
A special emphasis is given to the molecular receptors with bowl-shaped pincers derived from buckybowls such as corannulene.

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