Morphology of small aggregates of red blood cells.

  title={Morphology of small aggregates of red blood cells.},
  author={Sa{\vs}a Svetina and Primo{\vz} Ziherl},
  volume={73 2},
Blood can be considered a two-phase liquid composed of plasma as well as cells and cell aggregates. The degree of cell aggregation is an important determinant of blood rheology: The size and shape of the aggregates affect blood viscosity. The microscopic mechanisms of red blood cell adhesion involve a complex interplay of electrostatic, van der Waals, and a range of specific biochemical inter-membrane interactions. Here we use an effective model of these interactions combined with the membrane… CONTINUE READING