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Mechanism of Characteristic Behaviour of Cells in an Alternating Electric Field

Naturevolume 214pages8384 (1967) | Download Citation



Smith and Chance1 have reported the behaviour of coacervates in an alternating electric field. Earlier, Furedi and Ohad2 observed similar behaviour by live red blood cells in isotonic sucrose suspension of enthrocytes in a high frequency electric field. These microscopic particles show a characteristic elongation at right angles to the electric field followed by a slow rotation of the deformed particle until its longer axis aligns itself parallel to the electric field in a final stable shape. A physical attempt is made below to explain the mechanism of this behaviour.

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    Smith, A. E., and Chance, A. C., Nature, 209, 74 (1966).

  2. 2

    Furedi, A. A., and Ohad, I., Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 79, 1 (1964).

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    Jefemenco, O. D., Electricity and Magnetism, 258 (Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1966).

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    Stratton, J. C., Electromagnetic Theory, 142 (McGraw Hill, 1941).

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    Anderson, J. C., Dielectrics, ch. 4, 49 (Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1964).

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  1. Department of Physics, Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Canada

    • R. C. SHARMA


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