Straw blood cells in air and in solution. Straw cells originating from mouse, human and other animals. A. Straw cells derived from mouse epithelia, lymphocyte, liver and lung cells. B Human filamentous straw cells, C. Human smooth straw cells, D. Pig lung straw cells, E. Straw cells in solution; visible dark dots have diameters near 1 μm (arrows). F. Turnover of straw cells incubated at 37°C in vitro (▼ Human blood, ▲ Rabbit sera). G. Carton presentation of a straw cell and its components. H. Synchronized rabbit straw cells in air. Straw cells losing filamentous extensions were incubated in sterile water at day-0. I. Emergence of new filaments at day-1. J. Emergence of rabbit straw cell network in 5 days (dark arrow), emergence of aggregated cell bodies in solution (white arrow). K. Emergence of rabbit regular cells in 6 days, 12 days (L) and 14 days (M). Space bar equals to 10 μm.
Wu et al. BMC Cell Biology 2008 9:26 doi:10.1186/1471-2121-9-26