Erythrocyte adhesion receptors: blood group antigens and related molecules.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

During the second half of the 20th century, blood bankers quickly expanded our knowledge of human erythrocyte blood group antigens. By the dawn of the 21st century, several hundred blood group antigen polymorphisms had been identified. Hot on the heels of the serologists, membrane biochemists and molecular geneticists defined both the biochemical and genetic bases of most of these antigens. Perhaps to their surprise, this work has led to the discovery of functionally diverse and important membrane proteins expressed on the surface of red cells, including numerous adhesion molecules. Red cells express an unexpected number of such adhesion receptors, some of which contribute to human disease, as well as to normal red cell development. And perhaps most interestingly, study of these molecules has elucidated ways in which even mature red cells respond to external stimuli, such as adrenergic hormones.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Telen, MJ

Published Date

  • January 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 32 - 44

PubMed ID

  • 15830326

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0887-7963

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tmrv.2004.09.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States