Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 31(7), 677 (2015).

Influence of the Circulating Current on the Propagation of the Change in Membrane Potential
Yuki KUSHIDA, Osamu SHIRAI, Yoshinari TAKANO, Yuki KITAZUMI, and Kenji KANO
Division of Applied Life Sciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
The propagation of the change in potential differences across liquid membranes from the potential-sending cell to the potential-receiving cell was investigated by use of a system combined with three liquid membrane cells, which were composed of two aqueous phases and a 1,2-dichloroethane solution phase. The ionic composition of one potential-sending cell (S) was identical to that of the receiving cell (Rec), and that of another potential-sending cell (Ap) was different from that of the Rec. When the connection of cell Rec was switched from cell S to cell Ap, the change in the membrane potential was caused by the circulating current. The greater the ratio of the interfacial area of the membrane of cell Ap to that of cell Rec, the faster the change in the membrane potential propagated from cell Ap to cell Rec.