On the geometry of red blood cell. (English) Zbl 0970.92009

Mladenov, I. M. (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the international conference on geometry, integrability and quantization, Varna, Bulgaria, September 1-10, 1999. Sofia: Coral Press Scientific Publishing. 27-46 (2000).
Summary: 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.
For the entire collection see [Zbl 0940.00039].


92C37 Cell biology
53A05 Surfaces in Euclidean and related spaces
92C50 Medical applications (general)