Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Signal Transduction is a part of the VCE Biology area of study ‘How do Cellular Processes Work?’ and subtopic ‘Cellular Signals’. Hydrophilic molecules cannot easily pass into the cell as the cell membrane is hydrophobic, so these molecules attach to receptors on the outside of the cell. The message is then transduced across the cell membrane. Hydrophobic molecules can pass through the cell membrane on their own.
How does Signal Transduction Work?
Watch this video as an introduction to signal transduction.
How does Hydrophilic Signal Transduction Work?
This video provides an in-depth description of the process of hydrophilic signal transduction.
How does Hydrophobic Cell Signaling Work?
This video is a great look at how hydrophobic molecules cause changes within the cell.
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