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blood cell

[′bləd ‚sel]
(histology)
An erythrocyte or a leukocyte.
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Moreover, by adding to the gene a short stretch of regulatory DNA, they engineered the gene so that it turns on only in red blood cells.
Red blood cells are relatively easy to extract as they are heavier than other components of blood and naturally drop to the bottom when subjected to the centrifuge, said Susan Galel, MD, director of clinical operations at the blood center.
Instead of spawning more of their own kind during that time, the stem cells give rise only to ordinary, mortal blood cells.
The research with infectious scrapie prions was a follow-up study that evaluated the efficacy of the filter to determine whether a test group of animals receiving the filtered red blood cells had the prion disease versus a control group that received the unfiltered red cells.
Red blood cells have a membrane that allows them to circulate in the body for a couple of months, whereas the kidneys filter out blood substitutes in days.
During last week's ISBT congress in Cape Town, South Africa, Cerus presented data (Abstract 5PS-3402) from ongoing studies on the INTERCEPT system's ability to inactivate pathogens in red blood cells using its modified S-303 treatment process.
The higher levels of Epogen was designed to increase the level of red blood cells, which in turn was expected to improve the cardiac condition of patients, said David Kaye, spokesman.
Ami Shah, Meghan's physician at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, said the increase in the white blood cells makes Meghan less susceptible to infections.
This systematic review reports, for the first time, a 48 percent reduction in the relative risk of death from infection in the 10 reporting studies where patients received prophylactic white blood cell boosters.
Each white blood cell carries a receptor that guides the cell to areas with high concentrations of a particular chemokine.
Although white blood cell boosters have been available for more than a decade, only 17 percent of patients receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy currently receive proactive first-cycle protection from neutropenic complications, which include infection, hospitalization and anti-infective use.
The decreased white blood cell production weakens the immune system and decreased red blood cell production leads to fatigue and weakness, while the myeloma tumors cause bone destruction, pain and fractures.