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Living Cell Cytosol Stability to Segregation and Freezing-Out:Thermodynamic aspect

Authors
  • Laptev, Viktor I.
Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Mar 30, 2012
Submission Date
Mar 30, 2012
Identifiers
arXiv ID: 1203.6752
Source
arXiv
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Abstract

The cytosol state in living cell is treated as homogeneous phase equilibrium with a special feature: the pressure of one phase is positive and the pressure of the other is negative. From this point of view the cytosol is neither solution nor gel (or sol as a whole) regardless its components (water and dissolved substances). This is its unique capability for selecting, sorting and transporting reagents to the proper place of the living cell without a so-called "pipeline". To base this statement the theoretical investigation of the conditions of equilibrium and stability of the medium with alternative-sign pressure is carried out under using the thermodynamic laws and the Gibbs' equilibrium criterium.

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