Adaptation of hemoglobin function to subterranean life in the mole, Talpa europaea.

In order to understand the mechanism responsible for the high oxygen affinity of mole blood, we investigated in the mole. Talpa europaea, red cell parameters that determine hemoglobin function. We have found that the oxygen half saturation pressure (P50) of mole blood is 2.85 kPa (21.4 Torr) at pCO2 4.7 kPa, pH 7.4 and 37 degree C. The concentration of 2,3… CONTINUE READING