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Considerations about the decisive role of water in biological systems

Gutmann, Viktor and Resch, Gerhard Considerations about the decisive role of water in biological systems. Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti - Classe di Scienze FF.MM.NN., LXXIV (1). pp. 169-183.

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    Abstract

    In order to understand the enormous role of liquid water in biological systems, both the unity and the differentiation of water in the human body has been taken into consideration. Liquid water and its solutions appear remarkably well organized, The highest hierarchic level is represented by its boundary areas, to which the regions around the hydrophobic gas molecules is immediately subordinated. The next lower level is provided by the hydrophilic solutes with their hydration shells and the lowest level by the wast amount of all other water molecules. The system organisation is improved as the highest hierarchic levels are strenghthened, for example by the presence of amphipathic solutes. All of these features are disguised in the artificial description of the <<diffusionally averaged structure>>.
    The basic <<one-ness>> of the living body is dynamically maintained by its water system with all its information. The conservative structures of the organism provide certain boundary conditions for the development of the dissipative structures, which modify at the same time the former. It is not possible to draw a clear border line between conservative and dissipative structure. For example, the DNA-structures apear to provide the conservative boundary conditions for their surrounding water system, which does not freeze at -60° and hence is dynamically superior to all other parts of the water system of the organism. Their differentiation is provided by the boundary areas suche as the cell-membranes, which are considered as the highest levels of both intra- and extracellular water. It is suggested that the <<hydorphobic tails>> act as highly specific sensors for the continuous exchandge of information coeded in the <<water language>> which is understood by all parts of the living system.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Fisiche, Matematiche e Naturali > 1996
    M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Medico-Biologiche > 1996
    M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Scienze Giuridiche, Economiche e Politiche > 1996
    M.U.S. - Miscellanea > Atti Accademia Peloritana > Classe di Lettere, Filosofia e belle Arti > 1996
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    Depositing User: Dr PP C
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 11:28
    Last Modified: 19 Sep 2012 11:28
    URI: http://cab.unime.it/mus/id/eprint/581

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