Sep 1, 1975

Intracellular pH (pHi) of red cells stored in acid citrate dextrose medium. Effects of temperature and citrate anions

Journal of Biochemistry
S TsudaS Minakami


The intracellular pH (pHi) of red cells stored in acid citrate dextrose (ACD) medium was estimated by the 5,5'-dimethyloxazoldine,-2,4-dione (DMO) method. The initial pHi at 4degrees was about 7.6 and was higher than the extracellular pH (pHe) at 4degrees. During storage, both pHi and pHe decreased, but the former was always higher than the latter and the former decreased more slowly than the latter. The high pHi of ACD blood was a results of the temperature at which the pHe and the pHi were measured (4degrees) and the presence of citrate anions in the medium, and could be explained by application of the Donnan-Gibbs equilibrium. ATP and 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) were well-maintained in heparinized blood when it was acidified and pHe and pHi at 4degrees were both about 7.4, which suggests that improvement of blood preservation may be attained by suitable adjustment of the pHi and pHe of the blood.

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Citrate Measurement
Glucose, (beta-D)-Isomer
Acid citrate dextrose
Diphosphoglyceric Acids
Dione <red algae>

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