Erythrocyte Aggregation Induced by Immunoglobulin G and Related Macromolecules Studied with Rheoscope-Image Analyzer-Computer System
Erythrocyte aggregation is induced in blood flowing at low shear rates, especially in the stasis of blood, by macromolecular bridging between adjacent erythrocytes . The process of erythrocyte aggregation is reversible; aggregates disintegrate at high shear rates. Since the facilitation of erythrocyte aggregation reduces the blood flow, the kinetic analysis of erythrocyte aggregation is very important for understanding the control of blood flow, rheologically. This paper describes a method for measuring the velocity of erythrocyte aggregation and the effect of immunoglobulin G and related macromolecules on the velocity.
KeywordsShear Rate Human Erythrocyte High Shear Rate Erythrocyte Aggregation Autologous Plasma
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