Special Issue "Structure and Function of Membrane Receptors"


A special issue of Membranes (ISSN 2077-0375). This special issue belongs to the section "Biological Membranes (Transport Processes)".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christian Brix Folsted Andersen
Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
Website: http://pure.au.dk/portal/en/persons/id(b65cad7e-156b-4cb4-af27-74bd1536791f).html
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Interests: membrane receptors; X-ray crystallography; hemoglobin scavenging; trypanosome parasites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The cell membrane is a semi-permeable barrier that surrounds the cell’s cytoplasm. Its function is to protect the integrity of the interior of the cell by allowing certain substances to enter the cell, while keeping others out. The major components of the cell membrane are phospholipids, which form a bilayer with the hydrophobic tails packed in the interior of the membrane and the hydrophilic head groups facing the cytoplasm and the extracellular fluid. Additional components in the membrane are cholesterol, glycolipids and proteins.

Membrane receptors are specialized protein molecules attached to or integrated into the cell membrane. Through interaction with specific ligands (e.g., hormones and neurotransmitters), the receptors facilitate communication between the cell and the extracellular environment. Receptors are also involved in translocation of substances (e.g., nutrients and waste products) across the membrane. These endocytic receptors bind specific ligands and, through invagination of the cell membrane, the ligands are imported into the interior of the cell.

This special issue of Membranes will focus on papers that characterize the structural and functional properties of membrane receptors and their interaction with ligands.

Dr. Christian Brix Folsted Andersen
Guest Editor


Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Membranes is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • membrane receptors
  • ligands
  • endocytosis
  • signaling
  • cell adhesion

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Membranes 2015, 5(3), 425-453; doi:10.3390/membranes5030425
Received: 27 June 2015 / Accepted: 24 August 2015 / Published: 28 August 2015
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Membranes 2015, 5(1), 48-83; doi:10.3390/membranes5010048
Received: 26 August 2014 / Accepted: 28 January 2015 / Published: 11 February 2015
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Membranes 2014, 4(4), 730-746; doi:10.3390/membranes4040730
Received: 18 August 2014 / Revised: 18 September 2014 / Accepted: 5 October 2014 / Published: 10 October 2014
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