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VOL. 1 | 2000 On the Geometry of Red Blood Cell
Borislav Angelov, Ivailo M. Mladenov

Editor(s) Ivaïlo M. Mladenov, Gregory L. Naber

Geom. Integrability & Quantization, 2000: 27-46 (2000) DOI: 10.7546/giq-1-2000-27-46


The differential geometry of a normal red blood cell is treated using the Cassinian oval for modelling its profile. In this connection an explicit parametrization via Jacobian elliptic functions of the usual polar coordinates is found. The first and the second fundamental forms, and correspondingly, the Gaussian, mean, and principal curvatures, are derived. The integrals determining the volume, area, cross-section area, and circumference of a red blood cell are evaluated analytically and expressed in a form relevant to the sphere geometry via some correction factors. The free elastic energy $U,$ associated with the outer bilayer membrane of the cell is integrated and its scale dependence is established. A relation between $U$ and the surface area correction factor is determined. Approximate formulae, using elementary functions, that should be directly applicable to experimental data are developed.

Plots of these dimensionless parts of volume, area, cross-section area, and circumference are obtained. The sphericity index, homogeneity index, and volume/area ratio associated with the red cell geometry are derived in approximate forms as well.


Published: 1 January 2000
First available in Project Euclid: 5 June 2015

zbMATH: 0970.92009
MathSciNet: MR1758151

Digital Object Identifier: 10.7546/giq-1-2000-27-46

Rights: Copyright © 2000 Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


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