While it is true that salt can cause hypertension and congestive heart failure by raising blood volume, it is not the only cause. Actually for people with the opposite imbalance (electrolyte insufficiency) sodium is very necessary to raise blood volume and to increase cardiovascular function. if the cells of the body are too tight (anaerobic), nutrients cannot penetrate into the cell. Remember how I said that electrolyte stress involves deficient fluids in the cells? This means that people with edema and high blood pressure are very often dehydrated! Abnormal variations of cell membranes can inhibit how electrolytes are used in the cell.
Hydration is critical for maintaining health in the body. Hydration is the process whereby minerals interact with water, thereby maintaining proper levels of tissue and cellular fluids and electrolytes. It is true that water and the minerals it contains can hydrate the cells of your body. But that isn't the end of the story.
Although is primarily touted for its facile genetics, there has been a burgeoning interest in studying cell biological processes in this organism. Strong genetics (; ), the development of fluorescent protein tags (; ; ), the availability of RNA interference strategies to disrupt gene function (; ), and the ability to perform studies on primary cultures of embryonic cells (; ), have all led to an increase in the number of cell biological problems addressed in the worm. Furthermore, the transparency of the organism affords a unique opportunity to study the roles of cell biological processes in a living multicellular animal.
Amphid and phasmid neurons can take up lipophilic dyes from the environment (; ). These dyes will label all parts of the neuron. The mechanism of dye uptake is unclear, but seems to correlate with some aspect of neuronal function. Thus, these dyes can be used to visualize neurons and perhaps to study their physiology (). The dye fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) can be used to label the ADF, ASH, ASI, ASJ, ASK, and ADL cells of the amphid sensilla, and the PHA and PHB neurons of the phasmid sensillum. DiI, DiO, and DiD (Molecular Probes) can be used to visualize the ASI, ADL, ASK, AWB, ASH, and ASJ amphid neurons, as well as the PHA and PHB phasmid neurons ().
The is important for protection against certain kinds of germs. Sickle cells can damage the spleen and weaken or destroy its function early in life.