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1 Biology 38.1B Circulatory System: Blood
Components of Blood:

2 Biology 38.1B Circulatory System: Blood
Components of Blood: Blood has been called the river of life because it is responsible for transporting so many substances throughout the body. In life threatening situations, a persons blood volume is carefully monitored. Typically, blood appears to us as red watery fluid. Blood is composed of water, but it also contains a variety of molecules dissolved in water as well as three kinds of blood cells.

3 Components of blood Plasma:
About 60 percent of the total volume of blood is plasma, the liquid portion of blood. Plasma is made of 90 percent water and 10 percent solutes, dissolved materials. The solutes include metabolites, wastes, salts, and proteins.

4 Components of blood 1: Water:
The following solutes may be found in blood plasma 1: Water: Water in the plasma acts as a solvent. It carries other substances.

5 Components of blood 2: Metabolites and Wastes
Dissolved within the plasma are glucose sugars and other nutrient molecules. Vitamins, hormones, gases and nitrogen-containing wastes are also found in plasma.

6 Components of blood 3: Salts
Salts are dissolved within the plasma as ions. The chief plasma ions are sodium, chloride and bicarbonate. The plasma ions have many functions, including maintaining osmotic balance and regulating pH levels of the blood and the permeability of cells.

7 Components of blood 4: Proteins
Plasma proteins, the most abundant solutes in plasma, play a role in maintaining the osmotic balance between the cytoplasm of cells and that of plasma. Water does not move by osmosis from the plasma to cells because the plasma is rich in dissolved proteins. Some of the plasma proteins are essential for the formation of blood clots. Other proteins called antibodies help the body fight disease.

8 Some plasma proteins help thicken the blood.
The thickness of blood determines how easily it flows through blood vessels, the blood pressure. Other plasma proteins serve as antibodies, defending the body from disease. Still other plasma proteins, called clotting proteins, play a major role in blood clotting. When blood is collected for clinical purposes, the blood clotting proteins are removed from the blood and stored for later use.

9 Blood Cells and cell Fragments
About 40 percent of the total volume of blood is cells and cell fragments that are suspended in plasma. There are three principal types of cells in human blood: 1: Red blood cells 2: White blood cells 3: platelets

10 Red Blood cells Red Blood cells:
Most of the cells that make up blood are red blood cells; cells that carry oxygen. Each milliliter of human blood contains about 5 million red blood cells. Red blood cells are also called erythrocytes.

11 Red Blood cells Red Blood cells:
Most of the interior of a red blood cell is packed with hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-containing protein that binds to oxygen in the lungs and transports it to the tissues throughout the body. Mature red blood cells do not have nuclei and therefore can not make proteins or repair themselves.

12 Red Blood cells Red blood cells have a have a biconcave shape and a short life span (about 4 months) New red blood cells are produced constantly by adult stem cells, specialized cells in bone marrow. An abnormality in the number or function of red blood cells can result in anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the oxygen-binding capacity of blood is impaired. Anemia may result from blood loss or nutritional deficiencies.

13 White Blood cells There are only about 1 or 2 white blood cells for every 1000 red blood cells. White blood cells are cells whose primary job is to defend the body against disease. White blood cells are larger than red blood cells and contain nuclei.

14 White Blood cells There are many different kinds of white blood cells, each with a different immune function. Some white blood cells take in and destroy viruses. Other white blood cells produce antibodies, proteins that mark foreign substances for destruction by other cells of the immune system.

15 platelets In certain large cells in bone marrow, bits of cytoplasm are regularly pinched off. These cell fragments, called platelets, play an important part in the clotting of blood. If a hole develops in a blood vessel wall, rapid action must be taken by the body or blood will leak into the system and death could occur.

16 platelets When circulating platelets arrive at the site of a broken vessel, they assume an irregular shape , get larger, and release a substance that makes them very sticky. The platelets than attach to the protein fibers on the wall of the broken blood vessel and eventually form a sticky clump that plugs the hole.

17 Platelets For wounds such as an open cut, the platelets release a clotting enzyme that activates a series of chemical reactions. Eventually, a protein called fibrin is formed. The fibrin threads form a net, trapping blood cells and platelets. The net of fibrin and platelets develops into a mass, or clot, that plugs the blood hole vessel. A mutation in a gene for one of the blood clotting proteins causes hemophilia, a blood clotting disorder.

18 Blood Type Occasionally, an injury or disorder is so serious that a person must receive blood or blood components from another person through a blood transfusion. The bloods of the recipient, the person receiving the blood, and the donor, the person giving the blood, must match. Blood type is genetically determined by the presence of, or absence of, a specific complex carbohydrate found on the surface of red blood cells.

19 Blood Type One system used to type blood is the ABO blood group system. Under this system, the principal blood types are A, B,AB, and O. The letters A and B refer to complex carbohydrates on the surface of blood cells that act as antigens. Antigens are substances that provoke an immune system response.

20 People with type A blood have the antigen A on their blood cells.
Blood Types People with type A blood have the antigen A on their blood cells. People with type B blood have the B antigen. People with type AB have both the A and B antigen. Those with type O blood have neither A nor B antigens.

21 Antibodies are defensive proteins made by the immune system.
Blood types Antibodies are defensive proteins made by the immune system. People with type A blood produce antibodies against the B antigens, even when they have never been exposed to B antigens. In type A people, type B red blood cells will clump and block blood flow. For this reason, blood transfusion recipients must receive blood that is compatible with their own.

22 Blood Types People with type AB are universal recipients because they can receive type A, B, AB or O blood. They do not have type A or B antigens. Type O donors are universal donors because they do not carry A or B antigens. They can donate blood to any other blood type.

23 Rh factor RH factor: Another important antigen on the surface of red blood cells is called the Rh factor. People who have this protein are said to be Rh+ and those who lack it are Rh-. When an Rh- mother gives birth to an Rh+ infant, the Rh- mother begins to make anti-RH antibodies. The mother’s antibodies may be passed to an Rh+ fetus in a future pregnancy which can lead to fetal death.


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