Red cell velocity and plasma transit time in the cerebral microcirculation of spherocytic deer mice.
Spherocytic deer mice provide a model of human spherocytosis. Their erythrocytes are abnormal in shape and are more rigid than normal red blood cells (RBC). Like their human counterparts, spherocytic mice are anemic. Measurements of RBC velocity in microvessels on the cerebral surface failed to reveal a difference between the velocity of cells in spherocytic as compared to normal deer mice. However, plasma transit, as measured by fluorescein microangiography, was faster than normal. Both decreased plasma transit time and increased RBC velocity are expected in nonspherocytic, anemic mice. Since the former, but not the latter, was found in the spherocytic, anemic mice, it appears that increased RBC rigidity has a greater effect on RBC movement than on plasma movement within the cerebral microcirculation. Thus iit would seem that this increased RBC rigidity prevents the increased RBC velocity that otherwise would be observed in anemia but does not prevent the decrease in plasma transit time.
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