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American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2016, 4(5), 135-137
DOI: 10.12691/ajfn-4-5-4
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Membrane Transport of Ammonia

B.W. Brazier1,

1Bendigo Kangan Institute, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia

Pub. Date: August 03, 2016

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B.W. Brazier. Membrane Transport of Ammonia. American Journal of Food and Nutrition. 2016; 4(5):135-137. doi: 10.12691/ajfn-4-5-4


It is sometimes suggested that ammonium ions are deprotonated to form ammonia molecules so that the ammonia molecules can cross the non-polar membranes of cells. But given that ammonia in its non-ionised form is still quite polar it could be that ammonia shares membrane portals with ions or it could change into a non-polar configuration. In this experiment ammonia is examined with UV and NMR spectra to see if in non-polar environments, ammonia remains in a polar tetrahedral conformation or if it is transformed into a non-polar planar configuration so that it can easily cross non-polar membranes.

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