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J Clark jclark at
Tue Apr 24 03:40:53 PDT 2007

Hi Peter,

Thanks, I see what you mean. If I move these terms under the term 
'transmembrane transporter activity' would you be happy with that?



Peter D'Eustachio wrote:

> Narrow answer: No.
> Broad, somewhat tangential answer: yes, maybe. Biologists certainly talk 
> about serum albumin and cortisol binding globulin as "transporters" of 
> the hydrophobic small molecules that bind to them in the blood and thus 
> move from tissue to tissue, but this clearly amounts to overloading of 
> the word "transport" as far as we are concerned.
> Peter D'Etc
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "J Clark" <jclark at>
> To: <transport at>
> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 10:44 AM
> Subject: substrates
>> Hi,
>> Can anybody think of any example of transport of the following
>> substrates (belonging in the function ontology) that is not
>> straightforward transport from one side of a membrane to another?
>> organic acid transporter activity
>> tricarboxylic acid transporter activity
>> carbohydrate transporter activity
>> alcohol transporter activity
>> Thanks,
>> Jen

Gene Ontology Consortium
EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute

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