Oxygen Binding by Hemocyanin: Compensation During Activity and Environmental Change

  • Brian McMahon


In the majority of decapod crustaceans oxygen consumption can be controlled to fit the animals’ current metabolic demand. The mechanisms are complex, involving control over diverse processes including gill ventilation, perfusion of both gills and tissues and change in the oxygen-binding characteristics of the animals respiratory carrier molecule hemocyanin (Hcy). Although it is apparent that these are all inter-related and integrated functions which act together to control gaseous exchange at both gills and tissues, only the latter mechanism can be treated in this account.


Oxygen Carrier Decapod Crustacean Oxygen Affinity Oxygen Binding Modulator Substance 
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  • Brian McMahon
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  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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