How Cells Work

Thursday, 4 May 2023

19h – 20h UK time

Here, we extend the first lesson by detailing the role of water in cell function. Evidence will be presented that cell function involves a u201cphase transition.u201d

In the cellu2019s dormant, inactive state, cell water is structured (EZ) and proteins are extended. When the cell is triggered to function (e.g., when a muscle is activated to contract), both entities undergo massive change: EZ water transitions to liquid water and proteins transition from their extended state to their contracted state. Massive change occurs.

When the activity ceases (e.g., when the muscle relaxes), the phase-transition reverses, returning cells to their dormant state. We will consider the many implications that follow, some of which are central to manual therapy.

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