Transport

Transport

transport_enRed blood cells are not solely transporting oxygen!

We here can see that they carry an immune complex according to the depicted scheme (out of scale). A paper appearing in Molecular Medicine by Owuor BO et al: Reduced immune complex binding capacity and increased complement susceptibility of RBCs from children with severe malaria associated anemia, brings this RBC function to the point: deficiencies in RBC CR1 and CD55 in children with severe malaria associated anemia were accompanied by a marked decline in IC binding capacity and increased C3b deposition in vivo and ex vivo

Mol Med 2008;14(3-4):89-97