Osmotic behaviour of Acholeplasma laidlawii B cells with membrane lipids in liquid-crystalline and gel state

Biochim Biophys Acta. 1975 Jul 3;394(3):463-9. doi: 10.1016/0005-2736(75)90297-7.


The osmotic behaviour of Acholeplasma laidlawii B cells was investigated with combined spectrophotometric and enzymatic measurements. The conclusion could be drawn that this osmotic behaviour depends largely on the physical state of the membrane lipids. When part of the membrane lipids is in the liquid-crystalline phase the cell is able to swell and behaves as a good osmometer. However, when the membrane lipid is in the gel phase, the cell is unable to swell and the change in absorbance of the cell suspension is then completely due to lysis.

MeSH terms

  • Acholeplasma laidlawii
  • Cell Membrane Permeability*
  • Chemical Phenomena
  • Chemistry, Physical
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Glucosephosphate Dehydrogenase / analysis
  • Lipids / physiology*
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Sucrose / pharmacology
  • Temperature
  • Water-Electrolyte Balance*


  • Lipids
  • Sucrose
  • Glucosephosphate Dehydrogenase