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Abstract

Ca45 and Na22 radioautographs using freeze-substitution with 2-ethoxyethanol have been prepared for hydra. They reveal a heavy accumulation of Ca and Na along the mesoglea. Microelectrode probes indicate that the positive resting potential in the hydra gut may be resolved into a series of three steps. These results in hydra epithelium suggest that hydra concentrate ions across the outer epidermal cell layer in much the same way that Na is transported across frog skin.