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  • n. Plural form of ligand.


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  • The chemicals that attach to receptors are called ligands, from the Latin word ligandus, “that which bonds.”

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  • On the more inorganic side, we have systematically explored the geometries, polytopal rearrangement and substitution site preferences of five, six, seven and eight coordination, the factors that influence whether certain ligands will bridge or not, the constraints of metal-metal bonding, and the geometry of uranyl and other actinide complexes.

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  • They looked at the correlation of ligand structure with enzyme domains, and propose a method to identify cognate ligands, that is, ligands that are present in vivo and are required for a functional metobolome.

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  • Receptors are proteins whose amino acid chains fold in such a way as to produce a pocket where particular small molecules hereafter called ligands bind.

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  • Some dietary chemicals, called ligands, peel off and bind to proteins, effectively “turning on” certain genes.

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  • EGFR is nestled into the cell membrane on the surface of human cells where, after it gets activated by molecules called ligands, causes cells to divide. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The Menlo Park research organization will study imaging agents called ligands, which are intended to be injected before brain scans like positive emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other similar processes.

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  • This problem is particularly acute for tightly integrated molecular systems that consist of many interacting parts, such as ligands, receptors, and the downstream regulatory factors with which they interact.

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  • These molecules act as "ligands" for arsenic, meaning that they form a complex with it. - latest science and technology news stories

  • The similar binding mode is paralleled by the remarkable structural and electrostatic similarity between the ligands, which is pointed out by the calculated Tanimoto coefficients for the electrostatic potential (Te) and shape (Ts) [60] between each of them (values ranging between 0. 7±0.3 and 0. 8±0.1 for Te and Ts, respectively, see

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