Functions of Membrane Proteins

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Functions of Membrane Proteins Enzymes Some enzymes are embedded within membranes. Cell Identification Markers Lipids and proteins within the membrane may have a carbohydrate chain attached. These glycolipids and glycoproteins often function as cell identification markers, allowing cells to identify other cells. This is particularly important in the immune system where cells patrolling the body's tissues identify and destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria or viruses. Cell Adhesion - Junctions Proteins associated with the cell membranes of animal cells may bind to proteins of adjacent cells. These connections, called junctions may serve to bind cells together, to prevent the movement of material between the cells, or to allow cells to communicate with each other. Attachment of the Cytoskeleton
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Receptors Receptors enable cells to detect hormones and a variety of other chemicals in their environment.
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