The Membrane as a Transporter, Ion Channels and Membrane Pumps Membrane Biophysics
A cell membrane’s primary role is to create a barrier against materials transferring between cellular exterior and interior regions. However, the presence of certain natural or artificial agents (especially during treatment) such as membrane proteins (MPs), antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), etc., occasionally induces transient or stable transport events into cell membranes. These properties are often found to be highly dynamic, time dependent, and specific to the agents inducing them. The events also fall into different classes due to the diversity of their structures and mechanisms. In this chapter, we discuss in detail a few classes of such events with a special focus on their membrane effects.