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Bulletin of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 721–741 | Cite as

A theory of cell swelling in high concentrations of KCl and other chloride salts

  • Gilbert N. Ling
  • Kim Peterson
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Abstract

A theory of the cell volume is presented with emphasis on the swelling effect of high concentrations of KCl and other chloride salts. In this theory a particular cell volume represents a state of balance between the tendency of the cell water to build deeper layers of polarized water and the restraining forces exerted by the salt linkages and H-bonds. Taking into account also the different structure-breaking effects of different salts, theoretical curves can be constructed which describe the complex multiple peak-plateau of swelling curve observed in frog muscle in response to increasing concentrations of different chloride salts.

Keywords

Chloride Salt Choline Chloride Cell Water Frog Muscle Total Cell Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilbert N. Ling
    • 1
  • Kim Peterson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiologyPennsylvania HospitalPhiladelphiaUSA

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