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Vox Sang. 1976;30(1):23-35.

The lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase reaction, lysolecithin and red cell ageing in blood stored under normal transfusion service conditions.


The lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) activity and lysolecithin content of human blood stored under standard blood transfusion service conditions at 4 degrees C for 6 weeks has been investigated. Cooling the blood to 4 degrees C rapidly inactivates the LCAT reaction, but the enzyme is not denatured during storage under these conditions. Citrate in the anticoagulant did not activate the LCAT reaction in freshly-taken whole blood. The total phospholipid and total lysolecithin content of whole blood decreased during storage at 4 degrees C for 6 weeks. The lysolecithin content of fresh red cells (2.0-3.0 mumol lysolecithin x 10(-11) per cell) showed no significant change during the storage period.

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