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Electron diffraction of membranes

  • J. H. Matheja
Short Communications


Electron diffraction conducted on myelin membranes, photosynthetic and photoreceptor membranes yielded spot diffraction patterns indicating an ordered state of membranes; the interplanar spacings being of the order of Å units. It was observed, too, that a membrane specimen accommodates different space structures. Based on these findings it is suggested that membrane functions-like active transport-are exercised through phase transitions; the lattice acts as a coupling agent.


Diffraction Pattern Electron Diffraction Phase Transition Coupling Agent Space Structure 
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  • J. H. Matheja
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  1. 1.Institut für Physikalische Chemie der Kernforschungsanlage JülichDeutschland

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