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Dr. Mohamad Sami JOHA


• Hematology is the study of blood in health and in
pathological conditions.
• Blood is the window to the body; it is a predictor of vitality,
of long life.
• Blood is the only fluid tissue in the human body.
• Blood is classified as a connective tissue where the living
cells is the formed elements and the plasma is the matrix.
• Blood is considered to be a type of connective tissue, even
though it has a different function in comparison to other
connective tissues

Tissues Classification
• Epithelial:






glandular tissue.
• Muscle: highly specialized to contract.
• Nervous: irritability and conductivity.
• Connective: connects body parts; Must be living
cells surrounded by a matrix. Example: Bone (cells
sitting in lacunae in hardened matrix of calcium salts
in Collagen fibers).

• In 1628, William Harvey discovered that blood circulated
through the body.
• Different blood types were recognized in 1875, but it wasn't
until 1901 that Karl Landsteiner named and standardized the
• In 1940, Landsteiner also discovered the rhesus factor in
blood, labeling it Rh+ if the antigen was present in the red
blood cells and Rh- if not.
•Today, blood typing also includes different types of enzymes
and proteins that perform specific activities in the body,
which helps to individualize the blood.

Characteristics of Blood
• Color range: oxygen-rich blood is scarlet red, while oxygenpoor blood is dull red.
•Thicker (more viscous) than water and flows more slowly
than water.
• PH must remain between 7.35–7.45.
• Blood temperature is slightly higher than body temperature
• 8 % of total body weight
• Blood volume (70 ml/kg of body weight):
5 to 6 liters in average male
4 to 5 liters in average female
hormonal negative feedback systems maintain constant blood
volume and osmotic pressure

Fish Blood

Bird Blood

Horse Blood

Frog Blood

Cat Blood

Dog Blood

Human Blood

Snake Blood

Blood Functions
• Transportation of dissolved gases, nutrients, hormones,
and metabolic wastes.
• Regulation of pH and electrolyte.
• Restriction of fluid loss through damaged vessels and other

injury sites.
• Defense against toxins and pathogens.
• Stabilization of body temperature: water is a high heat
capacity, thermal conductivity.

Circulation of Blood
• Blood vessels, along with the heart, are responsible for the
circulation of blood throughout the body.
• The human vascular system consists of approximately
70,000 of blood vessels.

• Coronary circulation provides blood supply to the heart.
• Pulmonary circulation occurs when blood that has been
used by the cells of the body is returned to the heart and
transported to the lungs for gas exchange.
• Systemic circulation.

Circulation of Blood

Arteries carry blood away from the heart and
veins carry blood toward the heart. The
capillaries are exchange vessels located
between the arterial and venous systems.

Composition of Blood

Composition of Blood

Composition of Blood
Plasma = 55% of
whole blood
A. Platelets
“Buffy coat”



Red blood cells =
45% of whole blood

I-Plasma: Proteins
• 55% plasma: 8% dissolved substances (sugars,
amino acids, lipids & vitamins), ions, dissolved
gases, hormones.
7% of dissolved substances are plasma proteins:
provide a role in balancing osmotic pressure and
water flow between the blood and extracellular
There are more than 200 proteins in plasma. Most
abundant plasma proteins: albumin (4-5 g/100 mL),
globulins (~1 g/100 mL), fibrinogen (0.2-0.4g/100

Functions of Plasma Proteins
• Maintenance of Colloid osmotic pressure, pH and
electrolyte balance.
• Transport of ions, fatty acids, steroids, hormones
• Nutritional source of amino acids for tissues.
• Hemostasis (coagulation proteins).
• Prevention of thrombosis (anticoagulant proteins).
• Defense against infection (antibodies, complement

Plasma Proteins: Albumin
• MW 66 kDa
• Single chain composed by 580 amino acids.
• Dimensions: Heart shaped molecule.
• Synthesis:
Mainly liver cells then exported.
Assembly time on ribosome ~ 1-2 min.
t1/2 in circulation :19 days.
14 g lost per day.
0.4 mg synthesized per hour per g of liver
Need liver of approximately 1.5 kg in weight to

Plasma Proteins: Albumin
• Functions
“Colloid” osmotic pressure of blood is 80% due
to albumin
relatively low molecular weight
regulates water distribution
Transport of fatty acids: Liver to tissues.
Source of amino acids for tissue cells

Plasma Proteins: g-Globulins
• 20-35% of plasma proteins
• “g” refers to electrophoretic mobility.
• Represents a group of proteins of variable
structure (Immunoglobulins).
• Main





antibodies combine with specific antigens.

Plasma Proteins: Fibrinogen
• MW 340 KDa.
• Produced by liver and Consists of two identical
subunits which are linked by disulphide bonds.
• Marker of inflammation.
• Function: Blood coagulation.



Degradation (FDP)

Plasma Proteins: Other Proteins
• Ceruloplasmin: binds copper, storage.
• Corticosteroid-binding globulin: binds cortisol.
• Haptoglobulin: binds extracellular hemoglobin.
• Lipoproteins: bind cholesterol and fatty acids.
• Retinol-binding protein: binds vitamin A.
• Sex hormone-binding globulin: binds estradiol,
• Transferrin: transports iron.

Plasma: Other Solutes
• Electrolytes:





composition essential for vital cellular activities.
Examples: Na, K, Cl.
• Organic nutrients: used for ATP production, growth
and maintenance of cells. Examples: fatty acids,
glucose and amino acids.

• Organic wastes: carried to sites of breakdown or
excretion. Examples: urea and bilirubin

II- Cellular (formed) elements
• 45% of total volume.
• Erythrocytes (RBCs): 99.9%
• Platelets
• Leukocytes (WBCs)
A. Granulocytes:
B. Agranulocytes:

II- Cellular (formed) elements

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