Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Studies and Water "Ordering" in the Crystalline Lens

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Science  07 Jun 1974:
Vol. 184, Issue 4141, pp. 1072-1074
DOI: 10.1126/science.184.4141.1072


Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of the relaxation times of the water in the crystalline lens show that, as in all interfacial systems, these parameters are markedly reduced from their values in pure water, that T2 is less than T1, and that both depend on water content. Determination of diffusion coefficients and studies on physiologically inert lenses indicate that reduced relaxation times do not provide direct evidence for ordering of the bulk of the cell water.