Articles written in Journal of Biosciences
Volume 11 Issue 1-4 March 1987 pp 89-105
Definition of physical integrity of synaptosomes and myelosomes by enzyme osmometry
V Sitaramam M K Janardana Sarma
Isotonic requirements for synaptosomes were shown to vary with the concentration of sucrose or mannitol in the isolation medium, as well as with their differential permeability to polyols and ions. The technique of enzyme osmometry, which permits quantitation of the osmotic integrity in a heterogeneous population, was used to defined the osmotic requirements for synaptosomes and myelosomes in a variety of ionic and non-electrolyte media. Important differences, observed in the rank order of permeability of synaptosomal and myelosomal membranes to electrolyte media, were consistent with the known channel density/electrical activity of the corresponding plasma membranes.
Volume 15 Issue 3 September 1990 pp 135-141
Erythrocyte stability under imposed fields
Lysis of erythrocytes offers an unique opportunity to probe the fine structure of the bilayer as a function of its state of energization. Critical monitoring of the volumes, ion fluxes and related measures in erythrocytes exposed to a variety of milieu and treatments showed that one can critically distinguish the nature of the prelytic perturbations and the proximate forces actually responsible for the disruption of the membranes among surface charge density, elastic energy etc.
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