Human erythrocyte membranes are fluid down to -5°C

Bruno Maraviglia, James H. Davis, Myer Bloom, Jan Westerman, Karel W A Wirtz

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This first observation of the deuterium nuclear magnetic resonance (2H-NMR) spectrum of phospholipid molecules incorporated into intact human erythrocyte ghosts shows that the liquid crystalline phase is stable down to a temperature of -5°C. The quality of the 3H-NMR spectra indicate that it is now possible to carry out clinical studies of erythrocyte membranes using the techniques employed in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalBBA - Biomembranes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 23 1982


  • (Human)
  • H-NMR
  • Erythrocyte membrane
  • Fluidity
  • Low temperature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Medicine(all)

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