Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility

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Robert A. Freitas Jr., Nanomedicine, Volume IIA: Biocompatibility, Landes Bioscience, Georgetown, TX, 2003 Mechanical Interactions with Leukocytes

Nanorobots must also be mechanically compatible with white blood cells (WBCs) or leukocytes, a group of blood cells that includes both granulocytes (neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils) and agranulocytes (monocytes and lymphocytes). Many interactions between nanorobots and neutrophils or other phagocytes have already been described at length in Section 15.4.3. Possible mechanically pathological interactions uniquely involving medical nanorobots and leukocytes may include nanorobotic mechanical leukocytolysis (Section, unintentional modulation of white cell membrane fluctuations (Section, interference with leukocyte margination and migration (Section and interference with leukocyte aggregation (Section The possibility that nanorobots or their errant parts could trigger an unwanted enzyme release from human phagocytes (nanosecretagoguery) is briefly discussed in Section 15.4.4.


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