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What are nuclear pores?



Question and Answer on Nuclear Pores

Question:

What are nuclear pores?

Answer:

Nuclear pores are complexes of proteins present in the nuclear envelope (library) of cells.

Function and main characteristics of nuclear pores:

- They are evenly spaced in the nuclear envelope.

- Its function is to control the transit (passage) of molecules.

- The amount of nuclear pores varies, as it depends on the type of cell and its functional stage.

- Nuclear pores are composed of a complex of protein monomers (molecules that have the ability to combine) to form eight associated units.

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Answerer:

Elaine Barbosa de Souza
Undergraduate student in Biological Sciences at Methodist University of São Paulo.

- The question was submitted to the Toda Biologia website by: Lucas R. Amaro on 05/15/2019.