In the absence of Cl- in Hepes buffer at pH 7.4, the oxygen affinity of bovine and human hemoglobin is equally sensitive to 2,3-diphosphoglyceric acid. The low oxygen affinity measured for bovine hemoglobin at physiological salt concentration can be explained by the high affinity of Cl- anions for oxygen-linked sites that are absent in human hemoglobin. Bovine hemoglobin can discriminate between the different halogens in the sense that different halide concentrations are necessary to produce the same P50. Competition experiments indicate that the halogens interact with the same oxygen-linked sites. In agreement with the different affinities for halides, the Bohr effect of bovine hemoglobin is larger in the presence of Cl- than in that of Br- and there is good agreement between the number of protons and anions exchanged with the solvent upon oxygenation of bovine hemoglobin.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of molecular biology|
|State||Published - Jul 20 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology