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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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CRISTANCHO, Edgar; SERRATO, Mauricio  and  BONING, Dieter. Simplified method for determination of the Oxygen Dissociation Curve (ODC). Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2019, vol.24, n.2, pp.354-360. ISSN 0120-548X.

The affinity of hemoglobin (Hb) for oxygen (O2) is an important factor influencing the transport of this gas especially in hypoxia and in different diseases such as anemia or cystic fibrosis. By the affinity measurement, the determination of the Hb: O2 dissociation curve is used. The presented method to establish the Hb: O2 oxygen dissociation curve (CDO) simplifies the protocols normally used, since it eliminates the requirement of specific equipment to equilibrate blood with oxygen at fixed levels of oxygen pressure (PO2). By using mathematical equations, it is possible to establish the saturation change of hemoglobin (SO2) at increasing oxygen partial pressure. Similarly, the method determines typical aspects of the Hb: O2 binding as the pH dependence (Bohr coefficient) and the association type of protein with its ligand by the Hill diagram. By this simplification, the method is applicable in laboratory practices in human and animal population, as well as in the investigation of different experimental conditions.

Keywords : Arterial oxygen saturation; Bohr effect; hemoglobin - oxygen affinity; Hill-plot; oxygen partial pressure.

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