1. Transportation - O2, CO2, nutrients, wastes, hormones, proteins, etc.
2. Regulation - pH, temperature, osmotic pressure
3. Protection - immune responses, clotting
What type of tissue is blood?
-does it have cells, ground substance, & fibers?
Blood is connective tissue.
Cells - RBCs, WBCs, platelets
Ground Substance - plasma
Fibers - proteins / globulins
What is hematocrit?
What is the approximate range in humans?
Why is females < males?
Hematocrit represents the percentage of total blood volume that is RBCs
Hematocrit = %RBC / Volume
Normal range for females: 38-46 %
The normal range for men is higher because they have more testosterone which stimulates the production of EPO (erythropoietin) - the hormone that stimulates production of RBCs. Also women may have lower hematocrit values dues to blood loss during menstration.
Whats the difference between plasma and serum?
What % of your plasma is protein?
What type of "pressure" do these proteins maintain?
Where are your plasma proteins made?
Whats the function of: albumin, immunoglobulins, and fibrinogen
Blood plasma is a straw-colored liquid with a small amount of solute in it (8.5%) and no formed elements.
Serum is the plasma minus the clotting agents (fibrinogen).
Of the 8.5% of solute in the plasma, 7% is proteins which are important for maintaining blood osmotic pressure.
Most of the proteins in the blood are synthesized in the liver.
Albumin - most numerous blood plasma protein - serves as transport protein for steroid hormones and fatty acids.
Immunoglobulins - Antibodies that help attack viruses and bacteria
Fibrinogen - Protein that is important in blood clotting
What % of your blood cells are RBCs?
99% of blood cells are RBCs (99 out of 100) are red
(of the 45% of whole blood that is formed elements)
What does anemia mean?
Anemia refers to a low Hct (hematocrit) or low RBC count.
Polycythemia - hight Hct (high RBC)
Hemopoiesis is the process by which the formed elements of the blood are made (RBCs) - most often occurs in the red bone marrow that is found in the trabeculae of spongy bone
Are blood cells made in the spongy bone or around the spongy bone? Do bone cells make blood cells?
Where would you do a bone marrow biopsy?
Blood cells are make by the red bone marrow that occupies the space between and around the trabeculae of spongy bone. Red bone marrow is a highly vascularized CT.
A bone marrow biopsy is usually taken from the iliac crest of the hip bone.
What is the average life span of a RBC?
Why do they die?
The average life span of a RBC is 128 days. They wear out because their plasma membrane is under a lot of pressure as they squeeze through capillaries. They are not able to repair themselves because they have no nucleus or organelles. When they rupture or become work out they are phagocytized by macrophages in the spleen, liver, and red bone marrow. They are broken down and recycled.
What 2 types of primordial blood cells come from the "pluripotent" stem cell?
RBC that carries the protein hemoglobin (carries oxygen)
Why is a RBC biconcave in shape?
Do RBCs make ATP with O2? Why not?
Why do you think there are few organelles in RBCs?
Is there a nucleus? Why/ why not?
The erythroblast or RBC is biconcave in shape because the special shape give it more surface area for gas to diffuse in and out of the cell.
RBCs make ATP anaerobically so they do not use up any of the oxygen that they are carrying.
Mature RBCs have few organelles and no nucleus because this allows for all their internal space to be available for oxygen transport.
What 3 substances can bind to Hgb (hemoglobin)?
1. Oxygen - each Hgb molecule can carry 4 O2 molecules bound to the heme part
2. Carbon Dioxide - CO2 binds to the globin part - 23% of total is carried back to the lungs by Hgb
3. Nitric Oxide - NO - lipid soluble hormone - causes vasodialtion - increased blood flow to tissue
Does Hgb carry most of your CO2 to the lungs?
No - Hgb only carries 23% or total CO2 to the lungs
What does nitric oxide do?
What is its purpose?
Nitric oxide is a lipid soluble hormone that binds to Hgb. The release of NO causes vasodilation in local cells - improves the blood flow and enhances oxygen delivery
Is Hgb a carbohydrate, fat, protein, or nucleic acid?
What is its quarternary structure?
Name all the components in 1 molecule of Hgb.
Where does O2 bind? How many O2s can 1 molecule of Hgb carry?
Where does CO2 bind to Hgb?
Hemoglobin is made up of a protein called globin - that is made up of 4 polypeptide chains (2 identical alpha chains and 2 identical beta chains). A nonprotein pigment, called a heme, is attached to each of the 4 chains. An iron ion is attached to each of the four hemes.
1 globin in 4 chains, 4 hemes, and 4 iron ions
Oxygen binds to each iron ion in the heme so each molecule of Hgb can carry 4 O2 molecules.
CO2 can combine with the amino acids on the globin to be carried back to the lungs to be exhaled
Why do you need iron?
Why do you need iron if you've bled a lot?
What is the "heme" group on Hgb?
How many peptide chains are in 1 Hgb molecule?
You need iron because it is an important part of oxygen transport in the blood. The O2 molecule attaches to the iron ion in the heme part of the hemoglobin. If you have bled a lot you need iron in your diet to replace the iron ions you have lost in the blood. Normally the body recycles the iron from old cells to new RBCs.
The heme group is a ringshaped nonprotein pigment with an iron ion in the center of it.
There are 4 peptide chains in each Hgb molecule
What cell eats dead RBCs? How? Where?
Ruptured and work out RBCs are disassembled by fixed macrophages in the liver and spleen. These Kupffer cells use phagocytosis to break down the old RBCs.
What components is Hgb broken down into once a RBC dies?
What are the peptides broken down into?
The heme groups?
Where does the iron go? Why do you store iron?
When the RBC dies the liver macrophages split it down into heme and globin portions.
The peptide chains of the globin are broken down into amino acids so they can be used to build other proteins.
The heme group is broken down into iron and bilirubin
The iron is carried by a transport protein called a transferrin to be stored in the liver until it is needed for another molecule of Hgb.
When a person has a life threatening transfusion reaction (hemolysis) why do they often die?
In a transfusion reaction a person receives the wrong kind of blood. The antigens on the outer surface of the cell react and make the plasma membranes of the donated RBCs weak. Hemolysis or rupture of the RBCs releases the hemoglobin to float free in the blood and cause kidney damage by clogging the filtration membrane.
pluripotent → ? → reticulocyte → ?
Pluripotent stem cells → proerithroblast → reticulocyte → erythrocyte (after it ejects it nucleus)
A high reticulocyte count (number) in your blood is a sign of what?
A high reticulocyte count in the blood is a sign of anemia
What does erythropoietin do? Where?
What triggers its production?
Why does this make sense?
Erythropoietin is a hormone that stimulates production of RBCs in the red bone marrow. Erythropoietin is made in the kidneys and its secretion is triggered by the hormone testosterone.
Are there a lot (%) of WBCs in your blood compared to RBCs?
No. Of the formed elements in blood, only 1 % is WBCs
What is the main function of the WBC?
Immune response, inflammation, clean-up
Name all the WBC's - and their functions (exact functions)
1. PMNs - Neutrophils - first to arrive - phagocytic
2. Monocytes - second to arrice - develop into Macrophages to digest infection and debris.
4. Eosinophils - lease inflammatory mediators (allergies and parasitic infections)
5. Lymphocytes - B and T -kill specific invaders
NK - nonspecific - kill all invaders
What organelle can move a WBC?
What does "chemotaxis" mean?
What is "margination"?
What is "emigration"?
WBCs are able to move by contracting their microtubules.
Chemotaxis refers to condition where inflamed tissues in the body can release chemicals that will attract phagocytes to come take care of invaders.
Margination is the ability of WBCs to exit the blood stream by sticking to the capillary wall (integrins in the WBC stick to selectins that are produced on the cell walls.
Emigration is the act of leaving the blood stream and moving into the interstitial space
What is pus?
Pus is the dead white blood cells that have attacked an invader. All WBCs die except lymphocytes.
What cell is the 1st to arrice at a site of infection?
What is the most numerous white cell?
Where do "fixed" macrophages tend to live?
What are increased numbers of eosinophils a sign of?
PMNs or neutrophils (from myeloid cells) are phagocytic and are the first to arrive at an infection.
PMNs or neutrophils are the most numerous WBC (70%).
Fixed microphages live in the lungs (alveolar macrophages) , spleen, and liver (Kupffer cells)
An increase in the number of eosinophils is a sign of allergic reactions, parasitic infections, and autoimmune disease.
Which lymphocytes - fight a specific invader?
- are non-specific and kill everything?
B and T Lymphocytes are specific
NK Lymphocytes are non-specific and will kill everything
What's the difference between margination and emigration of a WBC?
.Emigration is the act of leaving the blood stream and moving into the interstitial space.
Margination is the ability of WBCs to exit the blood stream by sticking to the capillary wall (integrins in the WBC stick to selectins that are produced on the cell walls).
What does a "CBC with differential" mean?
CBC = Complete Blood Cell Count
w/ differential = % of each type of WBC in the blood stream
What is the % of each WBC in the blood stream?
-know that PMSs (neutrophils) (70%) and Lymphocytes (25%) make up almost 100% of the WBCs in the blood.
Neutrophils - 60 -70%
Lymphocytes - 20 - 25%
Monocytes - 3-8%
Eosinophils - 2-4 %
Basophils - < 1%
What's the difference between "leukocytosis" and "leukopenia"?
Leukocytosis - an increase in the number of WBCs in the blood. Can be caused by infection, stress, surgery, leukemia
Leukopenia - a decrease in the number of WBCs. Can be caused by chronic illness, radiation/ chemo
What do monocytes turn into? Where?
Monocytes turn into wandering Macrophages when the leave the blood stream and enter tissue. They can also become fixed macrophages in the lungs, liver, and pancreas.
What's a megakaryocyte? A thrombocyte?
What does "thrombocytopenia" mean?
What is thrombopoietin?
A megakaryocyte is a large cell that splinters into fragments called platelets or thrombocytes. Thrombocytes are enclosed by plasma membrane and contain granules that help in blood clotting. The platelets themselves also work to stop blood loss by forming a platelet plug.
Thrombocytopenia means that the platelet count is very low and that a tendency to bleed from capillaries is a concern.
Thrombopoietin is a hormone produced by the liver that stimulates the megakaryocytes to break down into platelets.
At what platelet count would elective surgery be cancelled?
At what platelet count can you spontaneously bleed from anywhere?
If you there is a platelet count of less than 100,000 then elective surgery would be canceled.
At platelet count of less than 1,000 a person has spontaneous bleeding.
Describe how platelets form a clot during an episode of bleeding. What is platelet adhesion? Aggregation? which comes first? what causes it?
Platelets form a clot by:
1. Platelet adhesion - they stick to parts of the damaged blood vessel .
2. Platelet release reaction - the platelets begin to unload the contents of their vessicles (mostly clotting agents).
3. Platelet aggregation - more platelets are attracted to the scene and being to stick to the already activated platelets - the accumulation of a large number of platelets forms a platelet plug.
3. Blood clotting - blood converted from liquid to solid
What does "hemorrhage" mean -as in "the patient hemmorrhaged to heath from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm."
Hemorrhage means to loose large amounts of blood from the vessels.
What is the role of fibrin in hemostasis?
Fibrin is added to the platelet aggregation to form a more secure clot.
Where are clotting factors (blood proteins) made?
Why might an alcoholic with liver disease bleed?
Do you need Vit K to make some clotting factors?
Which ones? Are they fat or water soluble?
Several blood clotting factors (blood proteins) are made in the liver.
Alcoholics with liver disease might bleed because 1. don't eat right and probably don't get enough Vit K in their diet. 2. their liver is damaged by the alcohol so it is not synthesizing Vit K either 3. Without Vit K the liver cant make Prothrombin 2, 7, 9, and 10.
Vitamin K is requited by the liver to synthesize Prothrombin 2, 7, 9, 10 - they are fat soluble
What components make up a clot?
A clot is made of platelets and fibrin.
What's the difference between the "intrinsic" and "extrinsic" clotting reaction with the clotting factors?
Intrinsic clotting refers to a process that is activated by contact with collagen fibers (outside tissue damage is not needed to start the process). Extrinsic clotting is triggered by TF (tissue factors) from damaged tissue.
Is prothrombin → thrombin necessary to initiate the reaction fibrinogen → fibrin?
Yes. Thrombin, when in the presence of Ca2+ converts the fibrinogen (soluble) to fibrin (insoluble)
What causes "clot retraction"?
Clot retraction is the tightening of the fibrin clot. The fibrin threads that are attached to the damaged surfaces of the blood vessel slowly begin to contract. This pulls the edges of the damaged vessel closer together and reduces the risk of more injury.
What is "fibrinolysis" and why is it important?
Fibrinolysis is the dissolving of the clot after the bleeding crisis has been resolved. WBC and vessel endothelium contain an enzyme called plasminogen. When plasminogen is activated to plasmin it has the ability to digest fibrin threads.
What in your body dissolves the clot? What is plasminogen and what does it turn into?
Plasminogen is an enzyme that is present in WBCs and vessel endothelium. When it is activated it turn to plasmin which can dissolve the fibrin threads.
Why is TPA - "tissue plasminogen activator" used immediately to treat a myocardial infraction (heart attack)
TPA is a synthetic plasminogen activator - it activates plasminogen into plasmin which will dissolve a blood clot.
What class of drug are heparin, coumadin, and lovenox part of?
Heparin, coumadin, and lovenox are anticoagulants
Are some anticoagulants normally in your blood? Why?
Anticoagulants are present in the blood to keep inappropriate clots from forming.
What does "thrombosis" mean?
Clotting in an unbroken blood vessel is called thrombosis
What does "embolus" mean?
An embolus is a blood clot that gets dislodged and travels in the blood stream. A pulmonary embolism is an embolus that lodges in the lungs
What are the ABO antigens on a RBC?
A = A antigens; anti B antibodies in plasma
B= B antigens ; anti A antibodies in plasma
AB = A and B antigens; no antibodies in plasma
O = no antigens ; A and B antibodies in plasma
What does aggulination of RBC mean? Does it lead to hemolysis?
Aggulination is the clumping of RBCs that is caused by antibodies in the recipients plasma attacking antigens on the donated RBCs. This causes hemolysis because the plasma membranes of the RBCs start to leak.
What are the Rh antigens on RBCs?
Rh antigens are antigens on the RBC. People either have Rh antigens Rh+ or they do no have any Rh antigens Rh-
What does a transfusion reaction do to a patient?
A tansfusion reaction can kill a patient because the aggulation causes rupture of the RBCs which then leak hemoglobin into the blood stream - hemoglobin causes kidney damage by clogging the filtration membrane.
What does "type and cross" mean? "type and screen"?
Type and cross - In the laboratory the possible donor RBCs are mixed with the recipients serum to make sure agglutination does not occur.
Type and screen - recipients serum is screened for antibodies against a set of RBCs with antigens