Definition of ligand
: a group, ion, or molecule coordinated to a central atom or molecule in a complex
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Geoff Burnstock (University College London) discovered purinergic signaling in 1972, and has been characterizing the nucleotide and nucleoside ligands, their receptors and their biology ever since.
Last year one of Schelter's postdocs synthesized a three-armed molecule, called a tripodal ligand.
That process is sometimes referred to as in vitro selection or SELEX — systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment.
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Origin and Etymology of ligand
Latin ligandus, gerundive of ligare
First Known Use: 1949See Words from the same year
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