Advisor

Philip C. Withers

Date of Award

1985

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology

Department

Biology

Physical Description

1 online resource (81 p.)

Subjects

Oxygen -- Physiological transport, Cardiovascular system -- Vertebrates, Vertebrates -- Physiology, Blood -- Viscosity, Blood flow

DOI

10.15760/etd.5044

Abstract

The hematological and rheological characteristics of blood from a number of vertebrates was compared to assess possible species differences in blood viscosity that may influence cardiovascular oxygen transport. Nucleated red blood cells (RBCs) were more viscous (measured by cone-plate viscometry) in comparison with enucleate (mammalian) RBCs at hematocrits greater than 40% when measured at equivalent temperatures. The lower viscosity of enucleate RBCs is attributed to an enhanced deformability of enucleate cells in comparison to nucleated cells.

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Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/19304

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