K(+) and Na(+) effects on the gelation properties of kappa-Carrageenan.Biophys Chem. 2005 Feb 01; 113(2):129-35.BC
The effects of K(+), Na(+) ions and their mixture on the conformational transition and macroscopic gel properties of kappa-Carrageenan system have been studied using different experimental techniques. The macroscopic gelation properties of kappa-Carrageenan were found to be dependent upon cosolute type. Indeed, a more ordered and strong gel was obtained in the presence of K(+) with respect to Na(+) ions. The gel properties obtained using mixtures of two cosolutes are shown to depend on the [K(+)]/[Na(+)] ratio.