Tutorial:How do we get the oxygen we breathe

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This page, as it appeared on August 2, 2012, was featured in this article in the Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education.

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See Also

  • Hemoglobin
  • PDB entry 1hho (oxygenated, 2.1 Å)
  • PDB entry 1hga (deoxygenated, 2.1 Å)
  • PDB entry 1hbs (deoxygenated, sickle cell mutant, 3.0 Å)

External Resources

  • Hemoglobin Causes Net Diffusion of Oxygen (Interactive Demo) - Oxygen diffuses freely across oxygen-permeable membranes such as those found where capillaries (small blood vessels) in the lungs make contact with the air we breathe. When oxygen diffuses from the air in our lungs across the walls of these capillaries and into our blood, it is taken up by hemoglobin -- this causes even more oxygen to diffuse into the blood in order to balance the concentration (partial pressure) of free oxygen in our blood with that in the air in our lungs. Explore the interactive demonstration to see this diffusion in action.

Content Contributors

This page includes scenes, structures and ideas from Eric Martz, Frieda S. Reichsman and Angel Herraez.

Proteopedia Page Contributors and Editors (what is this?)

Jaime Prilusky, Joel L. Sussman, Michael Roberts, Angel Herraez, Joseph M. Steinberger, Eran Hodis

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14576/431679.1869588 (?)
Citation: Prilusky J, Hodis E, 2013, "How do we get the oxygen we breathe", Proteopedia, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14576/431679.1869588
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