Unique protein fingerprint of the human red blood cell established

BPRC - 1. Unique protein fingerprint of the human red blood cell established

Every cell type in the body is characterised by having a unique set of proteins, a protein "fingerprint".  These proteins are the workhorses of the cell, and each one has a different function.  Recently techniques have been developed that allow the protein fingerprint of a cell to be established.

This has for the first time been achieved for the human red blood cell in an international collaboration spearheaded by workers at BPRC. This is an important scientific milestone for a vital cell that carries oxygen from the lungs to tissues where it is needed.

In-depth analysis of the membrane and cytosolic proteome of red blood cells (Pasini et al, Blood. 2006 Aug 1;108(3):791-801