Penetration of Red Cell Membranes by Some Membrane-Associated Particles

Ronald S. Weinstein, Victoria M. Koo

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Replicas of freeze-cleaved and replicated red cells produced with an improved Bullivant-Ames apparatus show the plasma membrane to be thin and sheet-like with its inner and outer surface partially covered with a small particulate component. In cross section, some of these particles appear to extend through the full thickness of the membrane. Discontinuities in the thin sheet-like membrane accommodate these penetrating particles. These findings give morphologic evidence of structural specialization of the plasma membrane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1968

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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