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Regulation of hematopoiesis in the suspended rat as a model for space flightA series of studies was completed in which a variety of routine hematological and other parameters were obtained from sequential sampling of control and suspended rats. These data showed that, during suspension, the rats failed to gain weight at the same rate as the controls, ate and drank significantly less, demonstrated a transient increase in peripheral hematocrit and RBC count, a transient decrease in MCH, suppressed reticulocyte counts and a progressive decrease in MCV but no change in RBC shape. Leukocyte counts were variably decreased but no significant changes in platelet numbers were noted. Post-suspension, evidence of anemia was present from a reduced RBC count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and MCV. A leukocytosis was also noted. Efforts directed to the collection of data aimed at understanding changes in blood volume during suspension are also discussed. As part of these studies the following parameters were investigated; RBC survival, in vitro leukocyte reactivity to PHA, bone marrow and spleen cellularity and morphology, ferrokinetics, and the hematopoietic inductive microenvironment.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Dunn, C. D. R.
(Baylor Coll. of Medicine Houston, TX, United States)
Johnson, P. C.
(Baylor Coll. of Medicine Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1984
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Publication: NASA. Washington NASA Space Biol. Program
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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