It is demonstrated, without the use of special assumptions, that red cells are heterogeneous with respect to their resistance to at least certain lysins, that the reaction between the cell components and the lysin is virtually irreversible in some cases but reversible, although to different extents, in others, and that the lysin initiates a process in the cell which is not adequately described by the terms reversible and irreversible, but rather by the term progressive. Progressive reactions, i.e. reactions which cannot be stopped once they are well under way, may be looked for in systems which have structure, and in which local reactions occurring at strategic points lead to disproportionate results.

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