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Structures (typically proteins) found in the plasma membrane (surface) of cells that tightly bind specific molecules (organic molecules, proteins, viruses etc.). Some (relatively rare) receptors are located inside the cell (e.g. free-floating receptor for Retin-A). Both (membrane and internal) types of receptors are a functional part of information transmission (i.e. signalling) of the cell.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2005, A Framework for Biotechnology Statistics, OECD, Paris, Annex 1: Glossary of Terms Used in the List-Based Definition.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics

Created on Friday, July 1, 2005