plasma membrane bilayer. Capacitor!

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plasma membrane bilayer. Capacitor!

Post by burningredphoenix » Mon Nov 21, 2005 9:33 pm

because the bilayer can build up a voltage, and becaus these voltages discharge, can't the bilayer be anologous to a capacitor. If so, has anyone measured the capacitance of certain membranes?

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Post by MrMistery » Tue Nov 22, 2005 6:42 pm

Yes, the difference in electricity potential between one side of the membrane and the answer can be measured. This is of great importance to neurons and muscle cells. For example, the neuron has a potention of 70mV, negative in the interior. Is this what you mean?
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yes

Post by burningredphoenix » Thu Nov 24, 2005 12:52 am

that's the type of answer i was looking for.

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