PMID: 7325Jan 1, 1976

Structure-volume relationships in hemoglobin. A densitometric and dilatometric study of the oxy leads to deoxy transformation

M Bureau, R Banerjee


Partial volume measurements have been performed for human hemoglobin, both on the oxygenated and deoxygenated forms. Density measurements (by pycnometry) give vHbO2 = 0.752 +/- 0.002 and vHb =0.753 +/- 0.006 for the partial specific volume and do not distinguish between the two different structures. Differential measurements, by dilatometry, however, show a signigicantly higher molal volume (of about 50 cm3/mol hemoglobin tetramer) for the deoxy over the oxygenated from at pH 7. The same reaction, at pH 9, gives a much smaller increase or even a decrease of volume. The different volume changes at pH 7 and at pH 9 are not due to the so-called Bohr ionization but to the weakening, at pH 9 compared to pH 7, of stabilising salt linkages in the deoxy structure.

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