What type of tissue is blood?
What is blood composed of?
Plasma and formed elements
What do the formed elements consist of?
Erythrocytes, leukocytes, and platelets
What % of blood volume is RBCs?
Males 47% +/- 5%
Females 42% +/- 5%
What is the pH of blood?
What % of body weight is blood?
Functions of blood:
What does blood distribute?
-O2 and nutrients to cells
-Metabolic wastes to the lungs and kidneys for elimination
-Hormones from endocrine organs to target organs
What does blood regulate?
-Body temp (by absorbing and distributing heat)
-Normal pH (using buffers such as bicarbonate)
-Adequate fluid volume in the circulatory system (salts and blood proteins maintain osmotic pressure)
What does blood protect against?
-Blood loss (plasma proteins and platelets initiate clot formation)
-Infection (antibodies/complement proteins/WBCs defend against foreign invaders)
What does blood plasma consist of?
Antibody immune response
Forms fibrin in clotting
What % of plasma is water?
What is blood plasma?
Nitrogenous by-products of metabolism (lactic acid/urea/creatinine)
What cells are the only complete cells?
Which cells have no nuclei or organelles?
What is a cell fragment
What is the normal platelet count?
How long do formed elements survive in the bloodstream?
A few days
Where do most blood cells originate?
In bone marrow
Do blood cells divide?
What do neutrophils attack?
What do lymphocytes attack?
What contributes to gas transport?
The structural characteristics of Erythrocytes.
What are the major factors contributing to blood viscosity?
What biconcave discs are anucleate and have no organelles?
What contains the plasma protein which provides flexibility to change shape?
Do erythrocytes have mitochondria?
What does Hb bind reversibly with?
-Protein globin: 2 alpha and 2 beta chains
-Heme pigment bonded to each globin chain
Each Hb molecule can transport ________.
O2 loading in the lungs produces what?
O2 unloading in the lungs produces what?
CO2 loading in the tissues produces what?
Blood cell formation (can make all different formed elements/RBCs, WBCs, and platelets)
Where does hematopoiesis occur?
In red bone marrow (girdles and proximal epiphyses of humerous and femur)
Hemocytoblasts (hematopoietic stem cells)
-Gives rise to all formed elements
-Hormones and growth factors push the cell toward a specific pathway of blood cell development
-New blood cells enter blood sinusoids
Red blood cell production
A hemocytoblast is transformed into a __________.
A proerythroblast develops into an early __________.
What are the 4 phases in erythropoiesis development?
1. Ribosome synthesis
2. Hemoglobin accumulation
3. Ejection of the nucleus and formation of reticulocytes
4. Reticulocytes then become mature erythrocytes
Thickness of blood
-Direct stimulus for erythropoiesis
-Released by the kidneys in response to hypoxia
-Increasing retic count in 1-2 days
Causes of hypoxia:
-Hemorrhage or increased RBC destruction
-Insufficient hemoglobin (iron deficiency)
-Reduced availability of O2 (high altitudes)
Where is Iron stored?
-Cells (ferritin and hemosiderin)
What is the lifespan of a RBC?
What is the "RBC graveyard?"
RBCs are engulfed by macrophages in the spleen
Blood has an abnormally low O2 carrying capacity.
S & S of Anemia
What do we look at to detect anemia?
-Capillary refill (2 secs)
Acute or chronic loss of blood (GI bleed)
RBCs rupture prematurely (mismatched transfusion/infection)
Destruction of inhibition of red bone marrow (drug SE/chemicals/virus)
Autoimmune disorder in elderly (deficiency of vitamin B12)
-Absent or faulty globin chain in Mediterranean ancestry.
-RBCs are thin, delicate, and deficient in Hgb
-Defective gene codes for abnormal hemoglobin (HbS)
-Causes RBCs to become sickle shaped in low-oxygen situations, clogging small vessels, and causing CP and bone pain.
-More common in African Americans
Excess of RBCs that increase blood viscosity (which impairs circulation)
Normal WBC count
What is the most abundant leukocyte?
What do neutrophils do?
(cytoplasmic granules take up dye/loped nuclei)
Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs)
What do eosinophils do?
-Digest parasitic worms.
-Elevated in allergies
Contain histamine (an inflammatory chemicle that acts as a vasodilator and attracts other WTCs to inflamed sites.)
Lymphocytes and monocytes (lack visible cytoplasmic granules/Spherical or kidney shaped nuclei)
Act against virus-infected cells and tumor cells
Give rise to plasma cells, which produce antibodies.
-Leaves circulation, enters tissue, and differentiates into macrophages.
-Activates lymphocytes to mount an immune response.
-The largest leukocyte
Production of WBCs
Abnormally low WBC count (drug induced-chemo)
Acute leukemia (AML)
-Involves blast-type cells
-Primarily affects children
Chronic leukemia (CLL)
More prevalent in elderly
S & S of leukemia
-Death (internal hemmorhage and overwhelming infections)
-Form a temporary plug that seals breaks in blood vessels.
-Small fragments of megakaryocytes
-Formation is regulated by thrombopoietin
What do platelets contain?
-Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
Are kept inactive and mobile by NO (nitrous oxide) and prostacyclin from endothelial cells of blood vessels.
What is the normal value of platelets?
Vasoconstriction of damaged blood vessel
What does a vascular spasm trigger?
-Chemicals released by endothelial cells and platelets
-A set of reactions in which blood is transformed from a liquid to a gel (blood clotting)
-Reinforces the platelet plug with fibrin threads
3 Phases of coagulation
1. Prothrombin activator is formed (intrinsic and extrinsic pathways)
2. Prothrombin is converted into thrombin
3. Thrombin catalyzes the joining of fibrinogen to form a fibrin mesh
-Triggered by negatively charged surfaces (activated platelets, collagen, glass)
-Uses factors present within the blood
-Triggered by exposure to tissue factor (TF) or factor III (an extrinsic factor)
-Bypasses several steps of the intrinsic pathway, causing it to be faster
Strengthens and stabilizes the clot.
-Clot that develops and persists in an unbroken blood vessel.
-May block circulation, leading to tissue death (MI due to coronary thrombus).
A free floating thrombus in the bloodstream.
-Pulmonary emboli impair the ability of the body to obtain O2
-Cerebral emboli can cause strokes
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)
-Widespread clotting blocks intact blood vessels.
-Severe bleeding occurs because residual blood is unable to clot.
-Most common in pregnancy, septicemia, or incompatible blood transfusions.
Red dots on skin
What is the most common blood transfusion?
Packed red blood cells (plasma removed)
-Used to restore oxygen carrying capacity
S & S of a transfusion reaction
Determine blood type