Electrical Double Layers in Biology

Authors: Bach, Konrad

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A number of apparently unrelated phenomena in biological systems (e.g., biopolymer aggregation, cell-cell interactions, ion transport across membranes) arise from the special properties of charged surfaces. A sym­ posium entitled "Electrical Double Layers in Biology", which took place at the Toronto meeting of the Electrochemical Society, 12-17 May 1985, focused on the common features of these phenomena. The papers presented at that symposium are collected here and they illustrate ways in which an under­ standing of electrical double layers can elucidate a problem in Biology. An example of this approach can be seen from the paper I presented on ion transport and excitation, where the "unusual" ion flows during nerve excitation are actually expected if one includes the effects of electrical double layers at membrane surfaces. Furthermore, the selectivity of the ion channels in these membranes can be better understood on this basis. Other presentations account for such observations as the changes in spacing between muscle proteins during contraction, the interactions of red cells to form rouleaux, the electrical properties of algal cell membranes, electrokinetic potentials during blood flow in arteries, etc. I trust that these papers will indicate the value of electrochemistry in the study of biological systems, an area of research usually called Bioelectrochemistry, and will encourage biologists to use these ideas when approaching related problems.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Donnan Potential and Surface Potential of a Charged Membrane and Effect of Ion Binding on the Potential Profile

    Ohki, Shinpei (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • An Empirical Relation for the Surface Potential of Phosphatidic Acid Monolayers: Its Dependence on Calcium and the Role of Double Layer Theory

    DeSimone, John A. (et al.)

    Pages 17-29

  • A Fundamental Question About Electrical Potential Profile in Interfacial Region of Biological Membrane Systems

    Vaidhyanathan, V. S.

    Pages 31-51

  • The Effect of Water Polarization and Hydration on the Properties of Charged Lipid Membranes

    Graham, I. S. (et al.)

    Pages 53-62

  • Influence of the Surface Charge Distribution and Water Layers on the Permeability Properties of Lipid Bilayers

    Disalvo, E. Anibal (et al.)

    Pages 63-76

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Electrical Double Layers in Biology
Authors
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-8145-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-8145-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-8147-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 328
Number of Illustrations and Tables
86 b/w illustrations
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