volume 84, issue 5, P1316-1325 2008
DOI: 10.1189/jlb.0108013
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Abstract: Several clinical studies have suggested that blood transfusions are immunosuppressive. Whereas there have been reports describing immunosuppression induced by leukocytes or fragments thereof, the possibility that microparticles, released by erythrocytes during storage, are also involved was not investigated. We present evidence here that such microparticles have all the properties of ectosomes including size, the presence of a lipid membrane, and the specific sorting of proteins. These erythrocyte-derived ecto…

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