In vitro incubation induces, in rabbit red cell membranes, significant modifications consisting mainly in a decrease of sialic acid and galactose. In vivo the life span of incubated erythrocytes seems to be correlated to the degree of surface alterations and ATP depletion: larger surface modifications and energy charge reduction induce shorter survival time. It can therefore be postulated that incubation of red cell in vitro can cause an ageing process similar to that occurring physiologically in vivo.

Ageing of rabbit red cells in vitro: membrane modifications and their possible role in red cell survival in vivo.

BALDUINI, CARLO;ASCARI, EDOARDO;BALDUINI, CESARE
1981

Abstract

In vitro incubation induces, in rabbit red cell membranes, significant modifications consisting mainly in a decrease of sialic acid and galactose. In vivo the life span of incubated erythrocytes seems to be correlated to the degree of surface alterations and ATP depletion: larger surface modifications and energy charge reduction induce shorter survival time. It can therefore be postulated that incubation of red cell in vitro can cause an ageing process similar to that occurring physiologically in vivo.
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