Simulated cell spreading of the red blood cell at three different time-points.
figureposted on 2013-10-17, 02:55 authored by Tim Odenthal, Bart Smeets, Paul Van Liedekerke, Engelbert Tijskens, Hans Van Oosterwyck, Herman Ramon
(a) binconcave RBC spreading. (b) “sphered” RBC spreading. From left to right: no contact at , early contact at , approximately the cross-over between the two regimes at and the fully spread cell at . The biconcave RBC has approximately 40% less volume than the osmotically swollen spherical red blood cell. For movies corresponding to these snapshots, see supplementary Videos S1 and S2.