Bohr Effect in the Hæmoglobins of Marine Mammals

@article{Riggs1961BohrEI,
  title={Bohr Effect in the H{\ae}moglobins of Marine Mammals},
  author={Austen Riggs},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1961},
  volume={190},
  pages={94-95}
}
  • Austen Riggs
  • Published 1961
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • VERTEBRATE blood hæmoglobins discharge protons on oxygenation. This is part of the Bohr effect1. Recent work2,3 has shown that in hæmoglobins from a variety of terrestrial mammals ranging in size from mouse to elephant the smaller the animal the greater is the sensitivity of its hæmoglobin to changes in pH. Thus elephant hæmoglobin discharges only about 1.5 protons during oxygenation while mouse hæmoglobin discharges about 3.8. An approximate inverse linear relation exists between the number of… CONTINUE READING
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