DMSO mechanism of action during freezing?

Donald Chun Kit Wong dcwong at
Fri Jan 31 22:34:56 EST 1997

I'm trying to find some article or book chapter on the mechanism of 
action of DMSO used in freezing cells. Is it an omsotic effect? Or change 
of membrane permeability? Or something else? I haven't been able to find 
anything in the standard text books, Freshney, etc. I'd especially 
appreciate any journal articles. Thanks in advance.

Donald Wong
Dept. of Pathology, The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada

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