Hydration of CO2 and Dehydration of Bicarbonate

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Hydration of CO2 and Dehydration of Bicarbonate

Post by mathsphd » Sun Apr 12, 2009 1:20 pm

Hi All,

I am asking myself this question, can you please help if you know an answer:

which reaction is faster biologically?

CO2 ---> HCO3 + H+ (hydration) taking place outside the cell.
CO2<--- HCO3 + H+ (dehydration) taking place inside the cell

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Post by Picaq » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:10 pm

The first one is easier to induce, which would in turn cause the cell to dehydrate anyway. It also depends on whether the cell is a plant cell or an animal cell. The cell walls are pretty tough and can resist a certain amount of pressure.
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Re: Hydration of CO2 and Dehydration of Bicarbonate

Post by mathsphd » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:59 pm

It's an animal cell , if that helps.

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