Dehydration and camel blood. I. Red blood cell survival in the one humped camel Camelus dromedarius

R. Yagil, U. A. Sod Moriah, N. Meyerstein

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Abstract

Half life and survival time of camel red blood cells were determined by labeling with chromium 51. The determinations were made on 3 separate occasions: first, in the summer and then in the winter with water ad libitum followed by a summer of 'chronic dehydration.' The shortest red blood cell survival time was recorded in the winter, and the longest survival and half times were recorded under chronic dehydration in the summer. Normal summer determinations with water ad libitum were similar to those found in other ruminants. The lengthening of the red blood cell life span during dehydration may contribute to the ability of the camel to preserve water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-300
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology
Volume226
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1974
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)

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