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A compound that facilitates the transport of ions across a cell membrane, either by binding with the ion or by creating a channel through the membrane.


(Elements & Compounds) a chemical compound capable of forming a complex with an ion and transporting it through a biological membrane
[C20: from ion + -o- + -phore]


(aɪˈɒn əˌfɔr, -ˌfoʊr)

any of a group of lipid-soluble substances that can transport an ion through a cell membrane.
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Summary: Ionophores plays an essential role in enhancing feed efficiency and health in livestock and poultry production.
Here 16,000 hens are replaced by 50,000 broiler hens that live on ionophores (thinly disguised antibiotics) for the 37 or 39 days of their wretched lives.
But that figure does not include 281 tons of antibiotics known as ionophores, which AMR campaigners say pose a risk to human health and the environment.
Anticoccidia drugs include sulfa drugs, Amprolium, Quinolones, and Ionophores. There has also been record of drug-resistant strains of coccidiosis.
The use of feed additives such as ionophores that can modify rumen fermentation has been found useful in this respect and widely applied (Van Nevel, and Demeyer, 1988; McGuffey et al., 2001).
Oocyte activation can be artificially induced by calcium ionophores. This method is known as artificial oocyte activation (AOA) and is believed to be useful in the case of fertilization failure that occurs in 1-5% of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles (5, 10, 11).
Ionophores, such as sodium monensin (MON), are among the most studied feed additives for ruminant diets.
In early 1980s, a new group of coccidiostat which is known as ionophores was used to treat coccidiosis in chickens.
Ionophores. In: Clinical Veterinary Toxicology (Plumlee EB, Ed), Mosby, St.
Meanwhile, several compounds have been shown as selective for metal analysis and used as receptors for the design of sensing systems, ranging from alloys and amalgam [8] and synthetic metal ionophores [9, 10] to biological receptors [9, 11].