Surface area and volume of a single red blood cell

Range surface area 155µm^2: volume 87µm^3
Organism Human Homo sapiens
Reference Jung, C. Y. 1971. Permeability of bimolecular membranes made from lipid extracts of human red cell ghosts to sugar. J. Membrane Biol. 5: 200-214. p.210 2nd paragraphPubMed ID24173101
Primary Source Whittam, R. 1964. Transport and Diffusion in Red Blood Cells. p. 2. Springer-Vertag, New York.
Comments "For sugars which are transported by a saturable path, a true permeability P cannot be calculated. Permeability calculated at an infinitesimal concentration of the sugars, where no saturation is effective, however, would provide a unique measure of relative permeation by different permeants. This permeability at an infinitesimal concentration of the permeant is obtainable by taking the first derivative of the classical Michaelis- Menten expression of the carrier-mediated flux (Wilbrandt & Rosenberg, 1961) with respect to the permeant concentration, at the condition of zero permeant concentration, (Vmax/Km), then dividing by the total surface area of the cells. The values of 1.55x10^-6cm^2 and 8.7x10-11cm^3 were adopted for the surface area and the volume, respectively, of a single human red cell (primary source)."
Entered by Uri M
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