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Clearing Action of Lysolecithin

Abstract

RECENT communications1,2 indicate the growing interest in the properties of lysolecithin. Its clearing action on lecithin sols is remarkable, and mixed sols of lecithin and lysolecithin show an interesting viscosity maximum3. The lyso-compound has a considerable effect on the stability of lecithin sols in the presence of salts3. Neumann and Habermann point out2 that the formation of lysolecithin in vivo could provide a mechanism for changes in cell membrane permeability.

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    Webster, G. R., Nature, 180, 660 (1957).

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    Neumann, W., and Haberman, E., Nature, 180, 1284 (1957).

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    Hanahan, P. J., Rodbell, M., and Turner, L. D., J. Biol. Chem., 206, 431 (1954).

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