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General questions about Haemoglobin molecule

Post by vertex87 » Mon Dec 06, 2004 3:23 pm

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I know that haemoglobin is the major component of red blood cells. What is the function of globin? and why does carbon monoxide form more stable bonds with the iron than oxygen molecule?

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Post by biostudent84 » Mon Dec 06, 2004 5:07 pm

Hemoglobin (that's how we spell it in America =P) is one of my favorite proteins.

The word is a combination of the word Hemo, meaning "blood," and globin, meaning "glob" or "globe". The globular shape is one of the the Tertiary structures of proteins (Primary is chains, and Secondary is sheets). It is in a globe shape because it holds the iron ATOM (the iron is NOT chemically part of the hemoglobin) inside the protein.

The function of the iron atom is to chemically attract Oxyten and hold it inside the blood cell. This is why oxygenated blood is red...Iron Oxide is formed, and your blood is literally composed of rust. Consequently, in bugs, their hemoglobin has Copper, making their blood green.

As for the Carbon monoxide, I would need to draw pictures...something I can't do on this board. Your chemistry professor should be able to show you fairly easily.

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Thanks!!

Post by vertex87 » Tue Dec 14, 2004 11:07 am

Thank you for such an enlightening answer!! kk

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Post by ERS » Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:52 am

Hemoglobin is an awesome molecule as Kyle mentioned! As an addendum though to some of his comments, "bugs" do not have hemoglobin but rather hemolymph--which is thier version of blood. Hemolymp is primarily water. The key thing is that bugs do not have circulating oxygen and so there is no need for a iron-type oxygen binder. Copper is in hemolymph as an ion, but does not carry oxygen (unless more recent research has shown otherwise). Rather the hemolymph serves to transport nutrients (carbs, fats, proteins, ions in solution etc..) to the various parts of the bug body. The kicker is that when you squish a bug and there is a big red splotch, you are most likely looking at pigment from their eyes and not bug blood.

Good answer Kyle!

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Post by biostudent84 » Thu Dec 16, 2004 4:18 pm

I did not know that about the bug. Perhaps one of my former professors was wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.....

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Re: General questions about Haemoglobin molecule

Post by jojo74 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:32 pm

The chemical composition of a Haemoglobin (red blood cell) is a 574 long Amino acid chain.
Its chemical formula been : C738 H1166 N812 O203 S2 Fe

Using the formula of specificity, calculations show there are 1x10^650 possible permutation possibilities.

In a living human, only 20 amino acids can be selected (and only left handed ones) in order for the Haemoglobin to work effectively. In any other case, the condition is known as Haemoglobin Apathy, which would be fatal.

In an ideal natural world, the probability of a the correct specific molecule would be 1 / 1x10^650

Which is just Crazyyyyyy.

This vital chemical of life could not happen by chance.

If haemoglobin is the structure of life “life Is in the blood” then chlorophyll is that to the plant kingdom.
Chlorophyll is similar in structure to haemoglobin, but with magnesium instead of iron as the reactive part of the molecule. Because magnesium is contained in chlorophyll it is considered an essential plant mineral salt

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Post by JackBean » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:48 pm

chlorophyll is similar to haem, haemoglobin is protein, whereas chlorophyll and haem are low-molecular molecules ;)
http://www.biolib.cz/en/main/

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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