Electrophysiological Methods in the Study of Water Transport Across Cell Membranes

  • Luis Reuss
  • Calvin U. Cotton


The study of water transport across the plasma membrane of animal cells has clearly lagged behind work on transport of ions and nutrients, although cell volume and hence water transport are essential for normal cell function. New physiological, biophysical and molecular approaches have been applied to the problem of water transport across cell membranes by several groups of investigators in recent years, resulting in significant progress in understanding the pathways and mechanisms of water transport and the nature and mechanisms of cell volume regulation. The purpose of this article is to review the use of electrophysiological approaches in the assessment of water transport across cell membranes.


Water Transport Apical Cell Membrane Cell Volume Regulation Unstirred Layer Gallbladder Epithelium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Reuss
    • 1
  • Calvin U. Cotton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and BiophysicsUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA

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