On the Physical Properties and Potential Roles of Intracellular Water

  • James S. Clegg
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 127)


Compared to our current understanding of the properties and roles of cellular macromolecules, we know very little indeed about water-the most abundant and pervasive molecule in cells. It is inescapable that water must be involved, directly or indirectly, in all forms of metabolic organization. That is so because it is an indispensable component of virtually all macromolecules, a substrate or product of many metabolic reactions, and obviously provides a dielectric continuum for diffusion and other translocation processes. Moreover, we can expect the aqueous phases of cells to operate importantly in the hydrophobic interactions involved with assembly processes, such as enzyme-enzyme and enzyme- cytomatrix associations.


Intracellular Water Cell Water Cuticular Membrane Artemia Cyst Maximum Water Content 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James S. Clegg
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  1. 1.Laboratory for Quantitative BiologyUniversity of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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