The stress-free shape of the red blood cell membrane.


The two main proposals found in the literature for the stress-free shape of the red cell membrane are (a) the bioconcave shape and (b) the sphere of the same surface area. These possibilities are evaluated in this paper using theoretical modeling of equilibrium membrane shapes according to Zarda et al. (1977. J. Biomech. 10:211-221) and by comparison to… (More)