Electrically Neutral Ion Transport in Biomembranes

  • Robert Burns Gunn


The purpose of this chapter is to discuss mechanisms for the transfer of ions across biomembranes which do not result in any net transfer of electrical charges. To begin with, we consider the measurement of current flow across membranes, in order to show that some ion flows are not detected by this measurement technique. Then, we develop the physical—chemical ideas behind the formation of ion pairs, and discuss several examples relevant to ion fluxes across red blood cells. No attempt has been made to consider all examples of electrically neutral exchanges that take place in biomembranes; rather, attention has been focused on principles and examples in erythrocytes.


Chloride Transport Constant Of74 Monovalent Anion Tracer Flux Disulfonic Stilbene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Burns Gunn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences, Pritzker School of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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