The adaptability of red blood cells

  title={The adaptability of red blood cells},
  author={Etheresia Pretorius},
  booktitle={Cardiovascular diabetology},
The most important function of red blood cells (RBCs) is the carrying of oxygen, but they are also involved in inflammatory processes and during coagulation. RBCs are extremely deformable and elastic, as they are exposed to shear forces as they travel through the vascular system. In inflammatory conditions, and in the presence of hydroxyl radicals, RBCs loose their discoid shape. Here, ultrastructure of RBCs is studied using a scanning electron microscope, and we determine how fast changes in… CONTINUE READING

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