Electrical Potentials in Biological Membrane Transport

  • Erich Heinz

Part of the Molecular Biology Biochemistry and Biophysics book series (MOLECULAR, volume 33)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Erich Heinz
    Pages 1-1
  3. Erich Heinz
    Pages 2-56
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 77-88

About this book


The material of this volume was originally planned to be incorporated in the preceding monograph Mechanics and Energetics of Biological Transport. A separate and coherent treatment ofthe variety of bioelectrical phenomena was considered preferable, mainly for didactic reasons. Usually, the biologist has to gather the principles of bioelectricity he needs from different sources and on different levels. The present book intends to provide these principles in a more uniform context and in a form adjusted to the problems of a biol­ ogist, rather than of a physicist or electrical engineer. The main emphasis is put on the molecular aspect by relating the bioelectrical phenomena, such as the membrane diffusion potentials, pump potentials, or redox potentials, to the properties of the membrane concerned, and, as far as pOSSible, to specific steps of transport and metabolism of ions and nonelectrolytes. Little space is devoted to the familiar and widely used representation of bioelectrical phe­ nomena in terms of electrical networks, of equivalent circuits with batteries, resistances, capacities etc. In order to elucidate the basic principles, the formal treatment is kept as simple as pOSSible, using highly Simplified models, based on biological systems. The corresponding equations are derived in two ways: kinetically, i. e. in terms of the Law of Mass Action, as well as energetically, i. e. , in terms of Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics.


Bioelektrisches Potential Membrane Membrantransport Transport mechanics metabolism thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  • Erich Heinz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology, Medical CollegeCornell UniversityNew YorkUSA

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-81677-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-81675-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0221
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