Oxygen Equilibrium of Brachiopod Lingula Hemerythrin

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Science  26 Aug 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3426, pp. 550-551
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3426.550


In contrast to hemerythrin from five different species of sipunculid worms, ecardine brachiopod Lingula hemerythrin has an oxygen equilibrium which is reversibly altered by pH changes, both the oxygen affinity (Bohr effect) and the interactions between oxygen-binding centers being a function of pH. The significance of these phenomena is discussed in view of the phylogenetic distribution of hemerythrin and the function of respiratory pigments.