Stress-wave-induced membrane permeation of red blood cells is facilitated by aquaporins

S. Lee, D. J. McAuliffe, H. Zhang, Z. Xu, J. Taitelbaum, T. J. Flotte, A. G. Doukas

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Stress waves generated by lasers and extracorporeal lithotripters have been shown to transiently increase the permeability of the plasma membrane, without affecting cell viability. Molecules present in the medium can diffuse into the cytoplasm under the concentration gradient. Molecular uptake under stress waves correlates with the presence of functioning aquaporins in the plasma membrane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1089-1094
Number of pages6
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 25 1997


  • Aquaporins
  • Membrane permeability
  • Molecular delivery
  • Phonophoresis
  • Photoacoustics
  • Red blood cells
  • Shock waves
  • Water channels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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