Adult and foetal haemoglobin

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  • Created on: 02-02-15 19:41

Adult haemoglobin is made up of four subunits. The most common form, Hb A consists of two alpha and two beta subunits (α2 β2). However a second similar but less abundant form is also found, Hb A2, with two delta subunits replacing the beta (α2 δ2).

During pregnancy, the mother is responsible for delivering oxygen to the baby, and removing CO2. In order for this to happen, maternal and fetal circulations come into very close proximity…


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