pH and haemoglobin oxygen affinity in blood from the Antarctic cod Dissostichus mawsoni.

J. Qvist, R. E. Weber, A. L. DeVries, W. M. Zapol

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Abstract

Blood pH in the antarctic cod (Dissostichus mawsoni) and in two Trematomus species, occlrring at --1-9 degrees C, is extremely high (approximately 8-2 to 8-3). This supports and extends Rahn's (1966) model for the temperature-pH relationship in cold-blooded vertebrates. The blood of D. mawsoni shows a low oxygen affinity (P50 approximately equal to 14-5 mmHg at pH 8-16 and -1-9 degrees C). Despite normal in vitro temperature and pH sensitivities, blood P50 increases only slightly when live fish are temperature-stressed (+ 4-0 degrees C), or become acidotic as a result of agitational stress (blood pH 7-71), primarily as a result of compensatory decreases in blood ATP levels. Oxygen-binding properties of 'stripped' (cofactor-free) solutions of D. mawsoni haemoglobin were measured in attempts to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the function of the pigment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-88
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Biology
Volume67
StatePublished - Apr 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Insect Science

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