Cell Membrane

  • G. W. Gooday


The fungal plasma membrane is the major interface between the cell and its environment. It displays a wide range of vectorial enzymatic activities. These include those of the osmoenzymes, catalysts which couple a chemical reaction at the molecular level with the concurrent translocation of a chemical group or an ion across the membrane (CR48, 1977; CR8, 1991), and systems involved in vectorial biosynthesis, such as chitin synthase, which accept substrates from the cytosol and feed out macromolecular products into the wall (cf. Chapter 9). Both groups of enzymes are intrinsic membrane proteins, with hydrophobic membrane-spanning domains in their amino acid sequences. Other intrinsic membrane proteins found in the plasma membrane include those involved in signal transduction, including receptors, proteases, phospholipase C and adenylate cyclase, which respond to environmental signals and interact with G-proteins or phosphoinositol signalling systems (cf. Chapter 9).


Carboxyl Terminus Neurospora Crassa Intrinsic Membrane Protein Fungal Plasma Membrane Microbial Physiology 
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  • G. W. Gooday
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  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Marischal CollegeUniversity of AberdeenAberdeenUK

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