Impaired fetal erythrocytes' filterability: relationship with cell size, membrane fluidity, and membrane lipid composition.


The lipid composition of erythrocytes (red blood cells [RBCs]) plays a significant role in determining certain membrane biophysical properties. We have found that fetal RBCs showed a dramatically low filterability compared with adult RBCs and questioned whether this could be a consequence of their membrane lipid composition. We therefore studied fetal RBCs… (More)

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