The red cell membrane, part 1: the role of the red cell membrane.

Abstract

SRP The red cell is approximately 8 μm in diameter when circulating through large vessels. It must, however, squeeze through capillaries that are only 3 μm wide and through slits in the reticuloendothelial system that are only 0.5 to 1 μm wide. Thus, the erythrocyte must be able to undergo extensive deformation safely and reversibly without fragmenting… (More)