Porins are bacterial β-strand proteins that form a water-filled β-barrel pore within the outer membrane, either causing a disruption of the membrane or generating a means for transporting molecules such as carbohydrates and amino acids across the membrane. Porins allow for passive diffusion and so are considered membrane transport proteins and channels.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    Cryo-EM, crystallography, biochemical experiments and computational approaches have been used to study different intermediate states of the Aeromonas hydrophila toxin aerolysin en route to pore formation. These results reveal that an unexpected and marked rotation of the core aerolysin machinery is required to unleash the membrane-spanning regions.

    • James C Whisstock
    •  & Michelle A Dunstone
  • Research Highlights |

    Emerging evidence suggests an involvement of nuclear pore components in the regulation of neural differentiation and aging. These findings will have far-ranging impacts on the understanding of the function of the nuclear envelope in physiological settings and in various neurological diseases.

    • Guang-Hui Liu
    • , Mo Li
    • , Jing Qu
    •  & Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte
    Cell Research 22, 1212-1214