Water Transport across Root Cell Membranes: Effect of Alkenylsuccinic Acids

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Science  14 Feb 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3607, pp. 690-691
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3607.690


Alkenylsuccinic acids increase permeability of cells to water by in corporation of the molecules into the lipid layer of the cytoplasmic membrane, thereby changing the membrane from a phase characterized by a high activation energy for water transport to a phase where only the effect of the viscosity of water is observable.