Shape and elasticity effects on erythrocyte electrostatic repulsion

Kyriakos D. Papadopoulos, Akira Yato, Justin H Nguyen

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It is shown that the double-layer interaction between two symmetrically parallel red blood cells depends largely on their shape and elasticity. Various shapes are examined, including the realistic shape of a biconcave discocyte with an elastic membrane. It is found that changes in the shape and the elasticity of the erythrocyte may result in orders of magnitude differences in the forces and energies of pair interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-557
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Theoretical Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 7 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Medicine(all)

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