A mathematical model for the computation of the oxygen dissociation curve in human blood

Bio Systems
M SharanA Aminataei


The mathematical relations developed by various researchers for the oxygen dissociation curve are reviewed. Using well-known mechanisms of chemical kinetics of various species in the blood, we have developed a mathematical formula to compute the oxygen dissociation curve in the blood showing its dependence on the pH and PCO2. The functional form, proposed here, is much simpler in comparison to those available in the literature for use in the mathematical modelling of O2 transport in the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In the process, the well-known Hill's equation has been generalized showing an explicit dependence on PCO2 and pH. It is shown that the oxygen dissociation curve computed from our comparatively simpler equation, fits in fairly well with the documented data and shows realistic shift with PCO2 and pH.


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