Cryopreservation of Red Blood Cells and Platelets

  • Andreas Sputtek
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 368)


Blood cells can be regarded as a classical field of application of low-temperature biology. Cryopreservation methods have been developed for different categories of blood cells namely red blood cells (RBCs) (erythrocytes), platelets (thrombocytes), mononuclear cells (i.e., lymphocytes, monocytes), and hematopoietic progenitor cells. This chapter outlines the four most commonly applied techniques for RBCs and two for platelets.

Key Words

Cryopreservation red blood cells platelets dimethyl sulfoxide hydroxyethyl starch 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Sputtek
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Institut für TransfusionsmedizinHamburgGermany

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