class of proteins
Membrane proteins perform a variety of functions vital to the survival of organisms:
- Membrane receptor proteins relay signals between the cell's internal and external environments.
- Membrane transport proteins move molecules and ions across the membrane.
- Membrane enzymes have many activities.
- Cell adhesion molecules allow cells to identify each other and interact. For example proteins involved in immune response.
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- Almén M. et al 2009. Mapping the human membrane proteome: a majority of the human membrane proteins can be classified according to function and evolutionary origin. BMC Biology 7: 50. 
- General principles of membrane protein folding and stability from Stephen White laboratory
- Orientations of proteins in membranes (OPM) database 3D structures of integral and amphitropic membrane proteins