International Review of Cytology presents current advances and comprehensive reviews in cell biology--both plant and animal. Authored by some of the foremost scientists in the field, each volume provides up-to-date information and directions for future research. This volume looks at water movements from a wide range of levels. It examines how water interacts with the major components of the cell, including proteins and lipids. It discusses how water moves across cell membranes by diffusion, how it is chanelled across these membranes or, in certain cases, pumped across, and how water movements are controlled. This book demonstrates how water and ion movements are closely linked in order to provide a better understanding of their behavior.

Key Features

*Essential Physical chemistry of water at biological interfaces *Up-to-date reviews of water behavior in cells *Water in integrated systems *Current information on water channels across membranes


Cell biologists, molecular biologists, developmental biologists, physiologists (organ level), biomedical scientists, biochemists studying cell-cell interactions, cell variation, and evolution.

Table of Contents

Protein-Water Interactions The Lipid-Water Interface: Revelations by Osmotic Stress Water as It Applies to the Function of Enzymes Aquaglyceroporins: Channel Proteins with a Conserved Core, Multiple Functions, and Variable Surfaces Molecular Physiology of Aquaporins in Plants Osmotic Adaptation in Yeast--Control of the yeast Osmolyte System Adaptation of Kidney Medulla to Hypertonicity: Role of the Transcription Factor TonEBP Passive Water Transport in Biological Pores Cell Volume Homeostasis: Ionic and Nonionic Mechanisms Cotransporteres as Milecular Water Pumps General Models for Water Transport across Leaky Epithelia Paracellular Fluid Transport by Epithelia Osmoregulation and Contractile Vacuoles of Protozoa Molecular Mechanisms of Water Transport in the Eye


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