Abstract

Adaptation of red blood cells subjected to acute hypoxia, crucial for managing high altitude syndrome and pulmonary diseases, has been investigated. For this, red blood cells were exposed to the acute hypoxic condition by purging nitrogen over increasing time periods from 15 to 60 min and thereafter equilibrated with atmospheric oxygen for 10 min. Raman spectra of these red blood cells were then recorded and analyzed to look for changes in the level of oxygenation compared to unexposed cells. A decreasing oxygen affinity for the cells was observed with increasing time of exposure to the hypoxic condition. This change in oxygen affinity for the red blood cells may result from metabolic adjustment of the cells under the hypoxic condition to promote increased concentration of intracellular 2, 3-diphosphoglycerate.

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