Effects of ghost red blood cells on tumor cell adhesion in shear flow

Yi Fu, Jie Wu, Ren Sun, Zu Rong Ding, Cheng Dong

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Objective: To study the effect of ghost red blood cells (GRBCs) on white blood cell (WBC)-mediated adhesion of tumor cells (TCs) on endothelial cells (ECs) in shear flow. Methods: GRBCs with hematocrit (Hct) of 20% were added in the parallel plate flow chamber to observe changes in the number of tethered WBCs on ECs, the collision between TCs and adhesive WBCs, and the number of firmly adhered TCs at different shear rates of 62.5, 100, 200 s-1, respectively. Results: GRBCs could increase the number of adhered WBCs on ECs and the collision between TCs and adhesive WBCs, and finally enhance the adhesion of TCs on ECs, especially at high shear rate (200 s-1). However, the adhesion efficiency of TCs was not significantly influenced by GRBCs. Conclusions: GRBCs in shear flow can promote TC adhesion on ECs, and the research finding will provide a theoretical basis for cancer therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalYiyong Shengwu Lixue/Journal of Medical Biomechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering

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