The connexon is the pore-forming complex made up of six connexin molecules. Two connexons form a gap junction channel that crosses the membranes of two adjacent cells and thus connects the cytoplasms of two adjacent cells. Several hundred gap junction channels together form the gap junction , which enables the exchange of ions and small molecules between neighboring cells.
The transport equation:
Low molecular compound (cytoplasm cell 1) Low molecular compound (cytoplasm cell 2)
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