Cell-to-Cell Communication and Water
I am working on a biology project dealing with Cell to Cell
interactions in Humans.
Through all of my reading and research, I can not pull one aspect of the
report together. I know that cell communication deals with the way cells
respond to signals coming form outside the cells. What I want to know is
if the amount of water in the cell has a vital relationship to the
efficiency and ability of cell communication, or does it primarily
revolve around the chemical communication (i.e. hormones)?
If you could help I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks!
The role of water is primarily that of being the media that the chemicals
are dissolved in and transported within. The amount of water has not been
determined to have anything to do directly with cell to cell
communication. Cells have to rely on a fairly constant amount of water to
maintain the osmotic pressure and the amount of dissolved solutes within
Diffusion, endocytosis, phagocytosis and active transport are the main
agents of molecular movement.
I hope this is what you are asking.
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