Elasticity of the human red cell membrane skeleton. Effects of temperature and denaturants.

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The molecular basis for the elasticity of the human erythrocyte membrane was explored. Skeletons were released from ghosts in Triton X-100 and their dimensions followed by dark-field microscopy and packed volume. The rest size of skeletons was assumed to reflect the balance point between expansion (deformation) driven by electrostatic repulsions among the… (More)

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