Tissue Respiration

  • J. Grote


The term tissue respiration denotes the exchange of respiratory gases within an aggregation of cells in the course of the biological oxidation of nutrients. The oxygen received by the cells from the capillary blood is consumed in oxidative metabolism, and at the same time the metabolic end product carbon dioxide is released into the capillary blood [8]. Here “tissue respiration” is used in a broader sense than in many biochemistry textbooks, where tissue respiration is defined as the oxidative breakdown of nutrients with the participation of molecular oxygen. Because O2 deficiency in the tissues limits these reactions more effectively than inadequate removal of CO2, we shall concentrate on questions related to the supply of oxygen to the tissues.


Partial Pressure Capillary Blood Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide Ischemic Hypoxia Matrix Space 
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