Space crystals of serum proteins help scientists make a red blood cell substitute for cats
Researchers in Japan have made artificial cat blood by combining feline serum albumin (FSA) with haemoglobin.
Cat blood is tricky to store. Blood transfusions between cats do happen but it’s very important to match the donor and receiver’s blood type, otherwise severe reactions can arise. Red blood cell substitutes for humans and animals are on many researchers’ agendas but the hunt is still on for a preparation that is free from drawbacks.
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Core–shell protein clusters comprising haemoglobin and recombinant feline serum albumin as an artificial O2 carrier for cats
Kyoko Yokomaku, Motofusa Akiyama, Yoshitsugu Morita, Kiyohito Kihira and Teruyuki Komatsu
J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Advance Article