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Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2006 Nov;7(11):861-6. Epub 2006 Sep 6.

Do we underestimate the importance of water in cell biology?

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Department of Applied Science, London South Bank University, Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK. martin.chaplin@lsbu.ac.uk

Abstract

Liquid water is a highly versatile material. Although it is formed from the tiniest of molecules, it can shape and control biomolecules. The hydrogen-bonding properties of water are crucial to this versatility, as they allow water to execute an intricate three-dimensional 'ballet', exchanging partners while retaining complex order and enduring effects. Water can generate small active clusters and macroscopic assemblies, which can both transmit information on different scales.

PMID:
16955076
DOI:
10.1038/nrm2021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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