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Infra-red Examination of the Association of Cornea Proteins with Water

Naturevolume 187pages10331034 (1960) | Download Citation

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WATER, the most abundant molecular constituent of the body, is the necessary polar solvent in which physiological and biochemical units associated with cellular biology occur. It forms hydrogen bonds with cellular components which contain polar structural groups such as the protein collagen1 found in the cornea. Direct evidence for molecular perturbations that occur during change in water content in intact tissue has been lacking, although changes are believed to occur. The present work is concerned with the demonstration and interpretation of the changes that occur in the infra-red spectra of the ox cornea during dehydration and during attempts at rehydration.

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    Fraser, R. D. B., and Macrae, T. P., Nature, 183, 179 (1959).

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  1. Pathology Department, University of Kansas, Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas

    • S. BAKERMAN
  2. 78 Nepas Road, Fairfield, Conn

    • C. MITCHELL

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