- 2 tbsp serum albumin– molecular “taxi” for lipid-soluble hormones, free fatty acids and etc.
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp globulins– diverse group of proteins. It includes, for example, antibodies, which are bullets of immune system, and iron-binding transferrins.
- 1/2 tsp fibrinogen, it assists in the blood clots formation
- 1/2 tsp lipids
- 1 tsp salt
- pinch of glucose and drop of urea
Cook plasma for 15 minutes, until proteins dissolve in water.
Stir in blood cells:
- 2 cups of red blood cells– erythrocytes. They contain hemoglobin and responsible for oxygen/ carbon dioxide transport
- 1 tsp white blood cells– leukocytes. Cells protect us from foreign invaders and cancer traitors.
- 1/4 tsp platelets also called thrombocytes. Actually they are not a cells. Platelets are fragments of the megakaryocyte based in the bone marrow. Thrombocytes play key role in the process of stopping bleeding.
Garnish with hormones and serve.
Upper phase- blood plasma. Erythrocyte at the bottom or the centrifuge tube.
Buffy coat- small white band in the middle, it’s leukocytes. I use exactly this fraction of live cells to study the genetics of adaptive immunity.