We just published our latest discovery. There’s crystals on the surface of cells!
You can find them in this week’s issue of Blood (Link). An image from our paper made it to the cover, there was a very nice commentary written about it (Link) and it was selected as one of the issue highlights.
Yeah, these crystalline particles are beautiful by themselves (at least, I think so), but like the double-rainbow guy asks: “What does it all mean?” We think they form some kind of scaffold for molecular interaction. In the blood stream, this should help to keep blood clots together under the harsh conditions of flowing blood.
We described the basic mechanism for it a few months ago in The Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (Link). Although I wanted to keep the concept ‘under the radar’ until we had published the experimental evidence, it ended up on the cover of JTH as well. Oops! Well, at least I have some decoration for the walls of my room here at the UMC Utrecht.
If you want to read these papers, but don’t have access, please let me know via email. I can send a digital copy for personal use.