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The Independence Principle: A Reconsideration

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The electrodiffusion model presented in the previous paper, which specifically excludes ion-ion interactions, is analyzed for the ratio of one-way fluxes (flux ratio) as a function of the ionic driving force across the membrane. Significant deviations from the behavior expected on the basis of the Ussing relation are found. These are sufficient to explain the “nonindependent” ion movement noted in some biological flux ratio data. One-way fluxes are dependent on the ionic concentration on both sides of the membrane. The coupling of these fluxes to ionic concentrations comes from the dependence of ionic mobility and the diffusion coefficient on the equilibrium potential. It is concluded that nonindependent behavior in experimental data is not sufficient to implicate ion-ion interaction as the source of the discrepancy.

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