The precise function of palmitoylation depends on the particular protein being considered. Palmitoylation enhances the hydro-phobicity of proteins and contributes to their membrane association. Palmitoylation also appears to play a significant role in subcellular trafficking of proteins between membrane compartments, as well as in modulating protein-protein interactions.
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