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Under a magnification of 1125X, this photomicrograph of a Giemsa stained blood smear, revealed what are referred to as numerous ghost red blood cells (RBCs). In this case, spectrin, a cytoskeletal protein, remained intact after the RBCs had gone through the histochemical process involved in the Giemsa staining technique, washing away the cells’ hemoglobin contents. The ghost like, filmy appearance, hence, gave rise to the protein’s name, which was derived from the word, specter, or ghost.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Dr. Mae Melvin
Creation Date: 1971
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