Transfer of Functional Components into Plasma Membrane of Living Cells: A New Tool in Membrane Research

  • A. Loyter
  • D. J. Volsky
  • M. Beigel
  • H. Ginsburg
  • Z. I. Cabantchik
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 31)


It is known for years that cells are endowed with a periplasmic structure, the plasma membrane, which served both as an insulating surface and as a medium of communication between the external and internal cell world. Due to its intrinsic structural properties and to specific mechanisms, the cell membrane gives selective admittance to particular agents while excluding many others. These properties although important for controlling the cellular milieu, have limited on the other hand, the access to the intra-cellular apparatus of probes and therapeutic agents. This restricted, in the past, the scope of studies of genetic and membrane engineering as well as chemical therapy.


Membrane Component Recipient Cell Sendai Virus Erythrocyte Ghost Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Loyter
    • 1
  • D. J. Volsky
    • 1
  • M. Beigel
    • 1
  • H. Ginsburg
    • 1
  • Z. I. Cabantchik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Sciences, Institute of Life SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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