Red blood cells begin as immature cells in the bone marrow before being released into the bloodstream. Unlike most other cells, red blood cells do not contain a nucleus,this allows them to constrict their shape and pass through narrow capillaries throughout an animal’s body. Lack of a nucleus limits the life of the cell due to the loss of most of its repair mechanisms as it travels through the body suffering damage to its membranes and depleting its energy supplies. The red blood cell survives on average 120 days in the bloodstream.
Red cells contain haemoglobin, a protein which carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and then returns carbon dioxide from the body to the lungs to be exhaled. Haemoglobin is responsible for the red colour observed in blood. RBCs are by far the most numerous type of cell in the blood.
Rat blood has been extensively studied due to the widespread use of the animals as test subjects in research.
Fitzgerald Industries supplies freshly prepared Rat Red Blood Cells supplied in a fresh cell siuspension, as well as a lyophilized form of glutaraldehyde-stabilized Rat Red Blood Cells for research. Glutaraldehyde ensures the native antigenicity of the red blood cells remains intact and also increases the useful life of the product. We also offer Rat Blood Cell antibodies: Rat RBC antibody which is also available as a FITC conjugated Rat RBC antibody.