By Kara Rogers
Even if its ubiquity within the human physique could make it look unremarkable, easily placed, blood makes lifestyles attainable. It nourishes cells through the physique and transports carbon dioxide to the lungs. with no it, the physique will be not able to struggle sickness and an infection or functionality in any respect. Readers are invited to persist with the process this awesome fluid because it circulates throughout the physique and find out about its part elements. designated diagrams complement the textual content and make allowance readers a glimpse into the anatomy and life-sustaining houses of human blood.
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When a person who has lived at high altitude moves to a sea level environment, production of erythropoietin is suppressed, the rate of red cell production declines, and the red cell count falls until the normal sea level value is achieved. With the loss of one pint of blood, the erythropoietin mechanism is activated, red cell production is enhanced, and within a few weeks the number of circulating red cells has been restored to the normal value. The precision of control is extraordinary so that the number of new red cells produced accurately compensates for the number of cells lost or destroyed.
Bone marrow is either red or yellow, depending on the preponderance of hematopoietic (red) or fatty (yellow) tissue. In humans the red bone marrow forms all the blood cells with the exception of the lymphocytes, which are produced in the marrow and reach their mature form in the lymphoid organs. Red bone marrow also contributes, along with the liver and spleen, to the destruction of old 54 7 The Fluid of Life 7 red blood cells. Yellow bone marrow primarily serves as a storehouse for fats but may be converted to red marrow under certain conditions, such as severe blood loss or fever.
In the bone marrow, granulocytes and monocytes arise from a common precursor under the influence of the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor. Monocytes leave the bone marrow and circulate in the blood. After a period of hours, the monocytes enter the tissues, where they develop into macrophages, the tissue phagocytes that constitute the reticuloendothelial system (or macrophage system). Macrophages occur in almost all tissues of the body: those in the liver are called Kupffer cells, those in the skin Langerhans cells.
Blood: Physiology and Circulation (The Human Body) by Kara Rogers