MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

282 views

What effect would a CO2 build up in the blood have on the body?

Firstly, describe the series of reactions that CO2 goes through when in the blood

1) CO2 reacts wih water in the blood to form carbonic acid H2CO3

2) H2CO3 dissociates to form CO3- and H+ 

Secondly, describe the effect that the increased H+ levels will have on the body

1) Increase in protons (H+) will cause a drop in pH/increase in acidity of the blood

2) Decreased pH reduces enzyme action as protons disrupt the 3D structure of proteins 

3) Other proteins may lose their structure and become dysfunctional

Thirdly, apply some of your own knowledge as to what effect this would have directly on a person. As CO2 is excreted by breathing, hyperventilation is likely to be a common symptom. If the condition worsens, coma and death could occur. 

Millie P. A Level Biology tutor, GCSE Biology tutor, A Level Chemistr...

6 months ago

Answered by Millie, an A Level Biology tutor with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

164 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Ollie F.

Degree: Biochemistry (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered:Biology, Science+ 5 more

Biology
Science
Physics
Maths
Extended Project Qualification
Chemistry
-Personal Statements-

“A little bit about me: I'm a Biochemistry student at Bristol University. I've always been facinated with how the world world works both on a smaller and larger scale. The human body has always been an interest of mine, in particular h...”

£20 /hr

Laura M.

Degree: Medicine (Other) - Bristol University

Subjects offered:Biology, Maths+ 5 more

Biology
Maths
Geography
Chemistry
.UKCAT.
-Personal Statements-
-Medical School Preparation-

“About me: I am a friendly and enthusiastic fourth year medical student studying at the University of Bristol. I found myself enjoying Maths and Sciences from an early age and eventually decided that it was my calling to be a doctor. W...”

£26 /hr

Tabitha E.

Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered:Biology, Psychology+ 4 more

Biology
Psychology
History
Chemistry
-Personal Statements-
-Medical School Preparation-

“Hi, I'm Tabby, a medical student at the University of Durham. I would really love to help with anything and everything I can!”

About the author

Millie P.

Currently unavailable: until 20/10/2016

Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Liverpool University

Subjects offered:Biology, Maths+ 3 more

Biology
Maths
Chemistry
.UKCAT.
-Medical School Preparation-

“Who am I? I'm Millie, and I'm a medical student at the University of Liverpool - one of my reasons for choosing my degree was how much I enjoy the sciences, particularly biology and chemistry. My passion for these subjects makes me e...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level Biology questions

What are the stages of mitosis?

What is active transport and how is it used in the absorption of glucose?

What is an enzyme and what effect does temperature have on enzyme activity? (6 marks)

Explain why fewer species of plant would lead to fewer species of lizard in oil palm plantations. Lizards feed on plants and insects.

View A Level Biology tutors

We use cookies to improve your site experience. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok