What Are Channel Proteins?

Channel proteins are proteins that enable the transportation of certain substances and materials across cell membranes. Channel proteins consist of a wide group of more than 20 different organic compounds and, although they share the umbrella title of channel proteins, these substances play different roles. Channel proteins are formed in long chains of amino acids; the sequence of these chains dictates the function and shape of each channel protein.

Bobcats, or Lynx rufus, are endemic to the North American continent. Highly adaptable, these animals thrive in forests, swamps, deserts, agricultural areas and sometimes even in suburban areas. It is estimated that there are 725,000 to 1,020,000 bobcats in the wild. Its name is based on the appearance of its tail, which looks cut or "bobbed."

Bobcats are rarely seen because they are mostly active at night. As strict carnivores, these fierce hunters prey on rabbits, birds, mice, squirrels and other smaller animals. Once they have spotted their prey, they calculate its exact location, and then leap as long as 10 feet to pounce on top of it to pin it down.