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What are the functions of the carrier proteins?

Posted September 13, 2022


Carrier proteins are a type of membrane protein. The primary function of carrier proteins is to move large molecules such as lipids and sugars through the cell membrane, facilitating membrane transport.  

Carrier proteins also create ion gradients that allow the functioning of the nerve cells, mitochondria, and chloroplasts.

Additional resources

A guide to plasma membrane solute carrier proteins

Intracellular Ions

Cell Signaling

Intracellular Ion Assay Kits