stimulate vs activate
Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:36 AM
Which one should I use in term of recepter and ligand.
Ligand activate recepter
Licand stimulate recepter
Posted 12 November 2012 - 09:34 AM
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that did belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.
Posted 12 November 2012 - 07:23 PM
I would probably say either:
The ligand binds the receptor... or
The ligand complexes with the receptor
But obviously, if the ligand/receptor interaction you are talking about is in fact an activatory one, then I think using either activate or stimulate is probably fine (I'd use activate though, as we do tend to talk about activation or inhibition, rather than stimulation).
Posted 01 December 2014 - 03:43 AM
I agree with hobglobin; even if an inihibitory pathway is triggered receptor-dependently, the ligand has activated the receptor;
I would rather use the term "stimulation" in the context of a cell reaction or physiological process