A REACTION OF WATER WITH RAT-TAIL TENDONS (HYDRATION-ELONGATION)
Journal/Book: Biochim. Biophys. Acta 38 (1960) 205-211. 1960;
Abstract: Howayd Hughes Medical Institute Miami Fla. (U.S.A.) (Received May 5th 1959) SUMMARY 1. The rate of lengthening of a dry tendon was analyzed when water water-salt and water-alcohol solutions were added. 2. An empirical-mathematical treatment of the experimental data resulted in a certain constant (KHE) which could be related to the temperature (I/T) dielectric constant (D) and ionic strength (µ) of the water solutions. 3. The experimental findings were compared with recent knowledge of the interaction of water with proteins. Also the influence of the solvent was examined in light of the possible existence of electrostatic stabilization forces in the collagenmucopolysaccharide interaction of tendons. . . .