Biophysical responses of red cell-membrane systems to very low concentrations of inorganic mercury

  title={Biophysical responses of red cell-membrane systems to very low concentrations of inorganic mercury},
  author={Howard C. Mel and Thomas A. Reed},
  journal={Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics},
Changes in red blood cellsize, deformability, andosmotic fragility are indicators of altered condition and/or altered regulatory processes at the whole cell and membrane levels. An agent, such as HgCl2, that brings about specific changes of this kind can therefore serve as a selective probe of such cell condition and regulatory state. Conversely, for a health-threatening agent “active” in this way, the cell-membrane responses serve to clarify the more fundamental bases of its toxicity, as well… CONTINUE READING


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