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Many biochemical reactions that occur in cells require relatively high concentrations of potassium ion (K+). The concentration of K+ in muscle cells is about 0.15 M. The concentration of K+ in blood plasma is about 0.0050 M. The high internal concentration in cells is maintained by pumping K+ from the plasma. How much work must be done to transport 1.0 mole of K + from the blood to the inside of a muscle cell at 37°C, normal body temperature? When 1.0 mole of K+ is transferred from blood to the cells, do any other ions have to be transported? Why or why not?
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