Major Functions of Blood. The body contains 4 to 6 liters of blood with an average pH of 7.35 to 7.45. Functions include : Transport Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Nutrients, Hormones, Heat, and Metabolic Wastes Regulation of pH, Body temperature, and water content of cells
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Measured via Hematocrit: female 38% to 46%, male 40% to 54%
Increased RBC production.
Increase in RBC production
due to hypoxic tissues, like what
occurs at high altitudes.
genetic mutation in the
hemocytoblastic cell line that
increases RBC production.
Hematocrit values can reach 70%
WBC’s: Colony-stimulating Factors (4)
(increase with cell age)
Large: 10-14 um
1. Platelet adhesion:
Platelets contact and stick to free collagen fibers of the damaged blood vessel
2. Platelet release reaction: Activated platelets extend many projections that enable them to contact and interact with one another. They then liberate their granules.
Liberated ADP and thromboxane A2 help activate other platelets. Serotonin and thromboxane A2 function as vasoconstrictors helping to decrease blood flow.
3. Platelet aggregation: Liberated ADP makes new platelets sticky; these newly-recruited and activated platelets adhere to the originally-activated platelets. The process causes the formation of a platelet plug.
1. Tissue Factor (TF) or Thromboplastin is released by tissue cells outside of the damaged vessel.
2. TF begins a chemical reaction pathway that activates Thrombokinase (F10). F10 combines with Proaccelerin (F5) to form the enzyme Prothrombinase.
Activated by factors within the blood or vessels
Antihemophilic factor D or Hageman factor (F12) is activated by contact with collagen fibers.
F12 starts a chemical cascade that ultimately activates F10 or Thrombokinase.
F10 combines with Proaccelerin (F5) to form the enzyme Prothrombinase.
Prothrombinase catalyzes the conversion of Prothrombin (F2) to Thrombin.
Thrombin converts the soluble plasma protein fibrinogen in the insoluble protein fibrin (loose threads).
Thrombin also activates Fibrin Stabilizing Factor (F13) which converts the loose threads into stable threads.