RBC adhesion to vascular endothelial cells: more potent than RBC aggregation in inducing circulatory disorders

Microcirculation. 2008 Oct;15(7):581-3. doi: 10.1080/10739680802105482.


Growing evidence has suggested that the adhesion of red blood cells (RBCs) to blood vessel wall endothelial cells (ECs) is a potent catalyst of microcirculatory disorders, but direct in vivo documentation has been lacking. In a recent study we have demonstrated the elevation of vascular resistance by RBCs with increased adhesion to ECs and normal deformability in the absence of aggregation. Unlike the previous chapter (i.e., the "point"), the findings and considerations discussed in this chapter (the "counterpoint) imply that RBC/EC adhesion is a more potent determinant of circulatory disorders than RBC aggregation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Adhesion
  • Endothelial Cells / metabolism*
  • Endothelial Cells / pathology
  • Erythrocyte Aggregation*
  • Erythrocytes / metabolism*
  • Erythrocytes / pathology
  • Humans
  • Microcirculation*
  • Vascular Diseases / blood*
  • Vascular Diseases / pathology
  • Vascular Resistance