Skip to content

Monthly Archives: December 2009

Sanitarians of Leucocytes

Blood is not merely a means of transportation, it per­forms other important functions. Flowing through the body’s vessels, the blood in the lungs and intestines comes into close contact with the environment. Both the lungs and especially the intestines are the ‘dirtiest’ places in the organism. It is no wonder that in these sites bacteria […]

Containers for Haemoglobin

It is very convenient to transport haemoglobin in a spe­cial container inside the erythrocytes, but, as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. The erythrocyte, being a living cell, does itself consume a great deal of oxygen. Nature hates wastefulness and had to think hard of a way of cutting down this unnecessary […]

Red Blood Corpuscles

From the outset, nature went in for creating very large molecules, from ones with a molecular weight twice that of an atom of hydrogen, the lightest substance, to ones occasionally even ten million times greater. Such proteins cannot pass through the cell membranes. They ‘get stuck’ even in quite large pores, and this is why […]