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Circulatory System

Human Biology 1 Circulatory System

A. Blood Vessels
1. Artery
- takes blood away from heart (may carry oxygenated or
deoxygenated blood)
- thick walls, connective tissue, withstand blood pressure
- middle layer of elastic muscle fibres expand to
accommodate rush of blood
- highest blood P
- ~120 70 mm Hg

2. Arteriole
- smaller than arteries, funnel blood to capillaries
- elastic tissue layer expands and contracts with rush of
- sympathetic nervous control
- dilate or constrict diameter, which regulates blood
- from ~90 mm Hg down to ~40 mm Hg

3. Capillaries
- site of gas (and nutrient /waste) exchange
- site of immune inflammatory response

- lead off of arteriole network around tissues and

- thin walls allow diffusion of nutrient, gases, and
- large surface area of network of capillaries allows for
greater exchange of nutrients and gases
- lowest velocity
- speed is inversely proportional to cross-sectional
- largest x-sec. area
- membrane contains lipoproteins which lower its
surface tension
- very narrow, forces RBC to move one abreast, and
therefore increase surface area for exchange
Text Diagram:
Capillary exchange
Where is the blood?
10% in the arteries
20% in the capillaries
70% in the veins
Relative Vessel Sizes:
Diameter/Wall Thickness

2 cm bore /
2 mm thick

4 mm / 1 mm

50 20

8 1

40 2

1.5 mm / 5

Vena Cava
3 cm / 1.5

Relative Total Cross
Sectional Area (cm
~ 2.5 cm
- arteries
~ 40 cm
- arteriole
~2500 cm
- capillaries
~ 8 cm
- veins
(Source: Prov Exam, Aug., 2003)

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- ~40 mm Hg arteriole end down to ~20 mm Hg
venule end

BP > Osmotic P
! fluid moves into the
ti ssues
BP < Osmotic P
! fluid moves into the
capill ary

4. Venule
- funnels blood from capillaries into veins
- very thin walls
- ~ 20 mm Hg decreasing to ~ 10 mm Hg

5. Veins
- takes blood back to heart from capillaries (to the
- valves in major veins, one way flow, prevent
Vein: Valve Mechanism

- veins act as a blood reservoir
- Lowest blood P
- ~10 mm Hg dropping to ~ 2mm Hg (or lower)

Text Diagram:
Vessel summary

Exemplar Q
How is the structure of an
arteriole related to its function?
(4 marks)

has thick walls that resist
blood pressure
has elastic fibres to allow
stretching and recoil
when the arteriole contracts,
this increases blood pressure
to the remainder of the body
endothelium layer provides
smooth surface (less friction)
for blood movement
has sphincters which control
blood flow to the capillary
has smooth muscles which
control blood flow to the
capillary beds

any four for 1 mark each
(August 2006)
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B. Systems

System Artery Vein
- refers to the body in
- Refers to the vessels of the
- Refers to the vessels of
the developing ftus

Source: fetal.html Copyright
Peter Gardiner 2001
X= Arteries (! arterioles)

Y= Capillaries

Z= (venules !) Veins
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C. Major Vessels

- Aorta
- Carotid artery, jugular vein
- Subclavian (artery and vein)
- Superior (anterior) vena cava (vein)
- Inferior (posterior) vena cava (vein)
- Hepatic vein
- Hepatic portal vein
- Mesenteric artery
- Renal (artery and vein)
- Iliac (artery and vein)

- Pulmonary Trunk (artery)
- Pulmonary arteries
- Pulmonary veins

- arteries and veins

D. Diseases of Vessels

- a generic term for number of diseases in which the
arterial wall thickens and loses elasticity
Atherosclersosis - assoc. with atheroma, a plaque

- cause: smoking, diet rich in low-density
lipoproteins (LDL the bad cholesterols) and poor
in high-density lipoproteins (HDL the good
cholesterols), lack of exercise, age

- Rx: preventative = diet, exercise, drug therapy to
lower cholesterol levels, surgery such as by-pass
and thromboplasty (vacuuming out the thrombosus
/ plaque)

Heart Attack

2/3 of all heart attacks are
caused by:
o high levels of bad
cholesterol and
o smoking.

The other top factors:
o High blood pressure
o Diabetes
o Abdominal obesity
o Stress
o Lack of daily fruits
and veges
o Lack of exercise

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Major Vessels

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E. The Heart

+ pericardial membrane
+ septum

1. Atrioventricular Valves (2)
- between atria and ventricles.
- tricuspid & mitral valves
- prevent blood leaking back into upper chambers of atria

2. Semi-lunar Valve (2)
- between the right ventricle and pulmonary artery, &
the left ventricle and the aorta
- pulmonary & aortic valve
- prevent backflow of blood into ventricles from the
pulmonary arteries and aorta

3. Coronary Arteries
- feed oxygen and nutrients to heart muscle.
- if they are blocked, the heart muscle will die from lack
of oxygen and nutrition (myocardial infarction)

4. Right Atria
- receives blood from head and abdomen low in oxygen

5. Left Atria
- receives oxygenated blood from the lungs via
pulmonary veins

6. Right Ventricle
- pumps blood low in oxygen through the pulmonary
trunk to the lungs

7. Left Ventricle
- pumps oxygenated blood out the aorta to the rest of the
- the major pump (4.5 L/min) of the heart, is the most
muscular chamber

8. Pulmonary Arteries
- attached to right ventricles
- blood low in oxygen flows through to lungs

Red Wine Myth
While there may be some
evidence to suggest older men
and post-menopausal women
may have some reduced risk
of cardiovascular disease from
light consumption (1 glass a
day), your still 40% more
likely to die of other
diseases, such as cirrhosis of
the liver, breast and other
- Source: Am I Normal,
programme 5 - Alcohol,
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9. Pulmonary Veins
- blood rich in oxygen flows through, from lungs to left

10. Chordae Tendineae
- holds valves in place, stops them from inverting
- valves between the atria and ventricles
- the heart strings

11. Septum
- wall between two sides of heart keeps oxygenated and
deoxygenated blood separated

The Heart Simplified

Aortic valve
r A
r V l V
to lungs
from lungs (PV)
Pulmonary Veins
(from lungs)
(to body)

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F. Ftal Circulation
- in order (all terms refer to infant)

1. Umbilical Veins
- sends blood rich in oxygen and nutrients to the ductus
venosus in the liver of the infant from the placenta

2. Ductus Venosus (Venus Duct)
- takes blood rich in oxygen from umbilical vein and
moves it through the liver via the duct to the inferior
vena cava

3. Foramen Ovale (Oval Opening)
- opening between two atriums
- blood rich in oxygen from the mother is shunted from
right atrium to left atrium bypassing the lungs

4. Ductus Arteriosus (Arterial Duct)
- blood rich in oxygen from the pulmonary trunk (artery,
from right ventricle) moves blood across a bridge
called the ductus arteriosus to the aorta
Text Diagram:
Foetal Circulation

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5. Umbilical Arteries
- takes blood low in oxygen from the infant to the mother
for exchange, back through the umbilical cord

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G. The Beat goes on

- Sound
- lubb dupp or lub-dub

- Lub = blood passing through the atrioventricular
- Dub = blood passing through the semi-lunar valves

- This sound comes from the valves opening and shutting on the
blood inside the heart.
- The first sound (the lub) happens when the blood hits the
mitral and tricuspid valves between the atria and ventricles.
- The next sound (the dub) happens when the blood hits the
aortic and pulmonic valves that close up after the blood has
been squeezed out of the heart and as the heart relaxes to fill
with blood for the next beat.

Cardiac Cycle
The events related to the
flow of blood that occur from
the beginning of one
heartbeat to the beginning of
the next.
- Wikipedia
Text Diagram:
Heart Beat

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1. Sinoatrial Node (S-A Node)
- in dorsal wall of upper atrium
- called nodal tissues - muscular and nervous tissue
- SA node is the pacemaker
- it initiates the heartbeat automatically
- sends impulses (as measured by an ECG /EKG) over
the atria muscle so they can contract

2. Atrioventricular Node (A-V Node)
- base of right atrium, near septum
- picks up impulse from SA node and delays it
momentarily (120 to 200 msec) to ensure the atria have
contracted fully and are about to relax,
- before the impulse is passed on thru the Bundle of
His to the purkinje fibres, and finally into the
- the ventricles contract (systole)

3. Medulla Oblongata
- lower brain region
- control centre in brain for the heart
- connects with the autonomic nervous system and
sympathetic nervous system
- to speed heart up
- parasympathetic nervous system slows heart down
- Homoeostatic control of heart-rate

This diagram correlates with
the heart drawing. The
initial inflection (purple)
corresponds to atrial

The large blue inflection
corresponds to ventricular
depolarization. The atrial
repolarization is buried in this

The green inflection
corresponds to ventricular
repolarization. This is a positive
inflection because the
repolarization begins at the
epicardial surface and
progresses through the
ventricular walls to the

Depolarization progresses from
endocardium to epicardium.
This combination of change in
direction and change in polarity
results in a double negative and
a positive inflection for

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Summary of Cardiac Cycle:
When the SA node depolarizes, the action potential
(impulse) spreads throughout the atria, rapidly causing
atrial depolarization and contraction. The action potential
rapidly enters the AV node where it is delayed for 120 to
200 msec. The AV node conducts slowly because it
depends on slow inward calcium currents to depolarize
cells. The AV node also must conduct the action potential
through thin fibres which slow conduction. This delay is
deliberate and allows the ventricles time to fill following
atrial contraction.

The action potential spreads to the Bundle of His and then
to through the purkinje fibres. These rapidly depolarize
both ventricles. The left ventricle depolarizes slightly
before the right.

The cells repolarize following depolarization. Atrial
depolarization is not seen in an ECG because the higher
magnitude ventricular depolarization occurs
simultaneously. Ventricular repolarization is seen as the T
Source: Introduction To EKGs

4. Sympathetic Nerves

Each inflection has a name and
signifies a stage in the Cardiac
(contraction) cycle.

P wave
SA node (atrial contraction)

QRS complex
Ventricular contraction
Ventricular depolarization

T wave
Ventricular filling
Ventricular repolarization

U wave
Represents final stage of
ventricular repolarization
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- stress, speed up heart rate
- pupils dilate, blood P and respiration. incr.
- digestive activity decr.
- associated with fight or flight

5. Parasympathetic Nerves
- lowers beat rate (to normal rate)
[mnemonic: Paranormal]

H. Blood Pressure
- Pressure exerted by blood against blood vessel walls
- measured systolic pressure over diastolic pressure

- expanding and recoiling of an arterial wall felt in any
artery that runs close to the surface of the skin, e.g.,
carotid, femoral

a. Systole
- highest arterial pressure, while heart is pumping
- ventricles are contracting to pump blood out into the
circulatory system
- systolic/diastolic (120/70 mm/Hg ave. for young male)

b. Diastole
- lowest arterial pressure
- ventricles are relaxed
- ! atrial contraction,
- the atria may contract at the same time but do
not influence BP

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c. Normal blood pressure
- for an adult, a systole of between 110-150 is normal
- although it can be lower or higher, depending on the
- an ave. of 120/70 to 140/90 is often given as a
norm (systole/diastole mm Hg)

- systolic will fluctuate with level of activity/stress

- diastolic will be 90 or lessbut should remain
constant for the individualextreme fluctuations
are danger signs

- e.g., at work: 122/80 (light exercise) to 180/80
(heavy exercise)
- e.g., at rest:114/80 (sitting) to 150/80 (playing

Category Systolic (mm Hg) Diastolic (mm Hg)
Low (Hypotension) < 100 < 60
Normal (120/80) [120/70] < 130 < 85
High Normal 130 139 85-89
Mild Hypertension 140-159 (~145) 90-99
Moderate 160-179 (~165) 100-109
Severe 180-209 (~185) 110-119
Very Severe > 209 > 119

d. Hypertension
- high blood pressure
- mild: systole > 145
- severe: systole > 185

- causes include: hardening of arteries, diet, obesity,
hormone malfunction,

- Some Hormone examples that increase blood pressure
- ADH - release of antidiuretic hormone to increase
water reabsorption (also called vasopressin) from
the posterior pituitary gland will result in higher
blood pressure

- Adrenaline - from the adrenal medulla stimulates
flight or fight response of the sympathetic nervous

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- Renin if blood sodium levels are low, renin is
released to ultimately stimulate the release of

- Aldosterone - from the adrenal cortex regulates
sodium level in blood, and therefore also blood
pressure, as more blood is pushed through the
kidney for reabsorpbtion of salt

- Autonomic nervous system - involuntary control
of heart glands
- Sympathetic = increase
- Incr. Heart rate = incr. BP
- Blood vessels contract = incr. BP
- Parasympathetic = decrease
- Inhibition of the sympathetic nervous
system may also raise BP

e. The Silent Killer
- 15% of adults have high blood P, and 25% of these
dont know it

f. Signs & Treatment
- morning headaches, felt at back of head; facial flushing,
ringing in ears (tinnitus), nose bleeding, shortness of
breath, frequent urination, smooth eye vessels become
- untreated half of all cases will develop heart disease,
1/3 will die of stroke
- treatment: lifestyle (reduce stress, avoid smoking etc.),
diet (avoid excess salt, saturated fats), medication

g. Hypotension
- unusually low blood pressure (systole < 100) due to
weak pumping of the heart

I. Inflammatory Response
1. Overview
- bacteria invade tissue, toxins released attack cells
- mast cells release histamine, dilate vessel, increase
permeability of vessel
- fluid escapes the capillaries to site of invasion, area is
now inflamed
- neutrophils - enter site, squeezing through pores*,
then they phagocytize (engulf / eat) the invader
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Text Extra readings:
Nonspecific & Specific
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- monocytes - arrive at site, swell into
macrophages, and engulf any bacteria

* prostaglandins are also involved here

J. The lymphatic system

- Lymph originates as blood plasma lost from the
circulatory system, which leaks out into the
surrounding tissues (interstitial spaces).

- The lymphatic system collects this interstitial
fluid by diffusion into lymph capillaries, filters it
of infection, and returns it to the circulatory system.

- preventing oedema swelling, which may
result in death as tissues are destroyed

- Once within the lymphatic system the interstitial
fluid is called lymph, and has almost the same
composition as the original interstitial fluid.

- Lymph fluid consists of a colourless, water solvent
containing amino acids, sugars, fatty acids,
coenzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, salts, as
well as waste products from the cells while rich
in WBC (lymphocytes), both RBC and platelets are
absent (and ! colourless).
Reference: wikipedia and

1. Overview
- Inflammation: recovers excess tissue fluid that
surrounds cells, and returns it to the main blood system

- Digestion: lacteals collect digested fat

- Immune: WBC fight infection at nodes (filters)

Extracellular Fluid
- all body fluid outside of
cells, either
o Interstitial fluid, which
bathes and surrounds the
cells, and makes up the
majority of extracellular
fluid, or
o Blood plasma, the
liquid component of
blood, in which the
WBC, RBC (and !
red), and platelets are

Intracellular fluid
- is cytoplasm/cytosol
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- The lymphatic is an open system, unlike the blood
which flows within a closed loop. Muscles activity
throughout the body help to keep the lymph moving
forward (hence regular exercise = good immune

a. lymph capillaries lie near capillaries to take up fluids

b. Lymph - fluid in lymph vessels
- a yellow-cream coloured fluid, rich in fat and WBC

c. lymph (vessels) veins merge to lymph ducts
- ultimately drain into subclavian vein ! superior vena
cava ! heart and back in to the blood system

d. lymph ducts have one-way valves to keep fluid moving

e. lymph nodes along lymph vessels, composed of
lymphoid tissue

2. Lymph Organs
- Bone marrow
- formation of red blood cells and white blood cells

- Thymus gland is lymphoid tissue located just above
the heart, it gets smaller with age
All the lymph collected from
the entire left side of the body,
the digestive tract and the
right side of the lower part of
the body flows into a single
major lymph vessel, the
thoracic duct.
- The thoracic duct
empties about 100 ml of
lymph every hour into
the left subclavian vein.
The lymph in the right
side of the head, neck,
and chest is collected by
the right lymph duct and
empties into the right
subclavian vein.

- Source: http://biology-

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- functions in the maturation T-cells (lymphocyte)

- Lymph Nodes, e.g, tonsils, adenoids
- remove debris and purify lymph

- Spleen
- Node-like, but filled with blood instead of lymph
- Purifies the blood passing through (immune fcn)

K. Blood System
- total volume = 8-9% o f body mass,
- i.e., 100kg ! 8-9 kg = 8-9 L

- formation:
- red marrow
- spongy (cancellous) bone
- these are the flat bone and joints
- stem cells

1. White Cells (Leukocytes)
- produced in the red marrow of spongy bone
- larger than red blood cells
- fewer in number than reds
- lobed nucleus
- lifespan a few hours (18-36) to 14 days, but types
living 3-4 months
- amoeboid movement
- shape is amorphous
- colourless

a. Granulocytes - granules in cytoplasm and the mature
nucleus is segmented into 2-5 lobes, produced in the
red bone marrow

- phagocytic
Top: Neutrophil

Bottom: Lymphocyte
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Blood Formation

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- Neutrophils
- are important in the inflammatory process (as
phagocytes and mediators of inflammatory reactions).

- Basophils
- contain heparin and large amounts of histamine and are
active participants in hypersensitivityreactions.

- Eosinophils
- contains Major Basic Protein (MBP), known to be toxic
to several parasites (helminths, microfilariae;
schistomiasis), and some mammalian cells.

b. Agranulocytes - no granules in cytoplasm, circular or
indented nucleus, found in lymph tissue e.g. spleen

- Lymphocytes
- B-cells (antibody formation)
- T-cells (intiate, cytotoxic)

- Monocytes (macrophages)
- Phagocytes

2. Red Blood Cells (Erythrocytes)
- produced in the red marrow of spongy bone
- round and smaller than whites
- nucleus dissolves as they mature,
- hence the biconcave shape (as the cell collapses
- the nucleus is replaced by hemoglobin
- continuously produced in red bone marrow of long
bones, ends of long bones, skull and vertebrae
- carries oxygen (oxyhemoglobin HbO
- carries carbon dioxide (carbaminohemoglobin
- buffers blood by taking up excess H
hemoglobin - HHb)
- lifespan = ~3 months
- free floating
- red

3. Platelets (thrombocytes)
- v. small irregular cell fragments (of megakaryocytes,
in red bone marrow)
- fcn in blood clotting
Text Diagram:
Hemoglobin (Hb)

The kidneys make this
hormone, which stimulates
the bone (red) marrow to
make blood cells, in response
to low levels of O
in the

A drop of blood contains:
~5 million RBC
~10,000 WBC
~250,000 platelets
source: a student
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4. Components of Blood

Plasma + Formed Elements (ratio) Blood =
1. Water
2. Proteins
3. Salts
4. Gases
5. Nutrients
6. Urea
7. Hormones, vitamins etc.
1. RBC (600)
2. WBC (1)
3. Platelets (40)

Text Diagram:
p 208, 8
p 236,
p 249, 11
p 227,
p 227

- Serum = plasma sans the protein fibrinogen

- Human blood is composed of 55% plasma and 45%
formed elements
- Plasma = 90% water.
- Solutes make up about 10% of the plasma volume
of which 7% are proteins.
- Albumin represents about 60% (about
40mg/ml) of the total plasma protein.

- A plasma protein very important in maintaining
fluid balance in the blood.
- Important in maintaining blood pressure,
regulating fatty acids, and hormone transport.
- synthesized in the liver.

- Buffers pH

- Maintains Osmotic pressure
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- Oncotic (colloidal osmotic) pressure in the
circulatory system is a form of osmotic pressure
exerted by proteins in blood plasma that
normally tends to pull water into the circulatory
system, i.e., oncotic pressure tends to pull
fluid into the capillaries. In conditions where
plasma proteins are reduced, e.g., from being
lost in the urine (proteinuria) or from
malnutrition, the result of low oncotic pressure
can be oedema excess fluid buildup in the

- Transports thyroid hormones, e.g., Thyroxine

- Transports other hormones, particularly fat
soluble ones, e.g., cortisol

- Transports fatty acids ("free" fatty acids) to the

- Transports unconjugated bilirubin
- RBC are destroyed in the spleen when they get
old or damaged. This releases hemoglobin,
which is broken down to heme, as the globin
parts are turned into amino acids. The heme is
then turned into unconjugated bilirubin in the
macrophages of the spleen. This unconjugated
bilirubin is not water soluble. It is then bound
to albumin and sent to the liver.
- In the liver it is conjugated with glucuronic
acid, making it soluble in water. Much of it
goes into the bile and thus out into the small

- Transports many drugs, and serum albumin levels
can affect the half-life of drugs.

- Competitively binds calcium ions (Ca2+)
- 45% is protein bound, predominantly to
albumin, and is biologically inert
- Reference: Wikipedia

L. Blood Factors

Antigen: an agent that is foreign (i.e., non-self), and is
recognized by the immune system, often as foreign

Antibody: a protein produced by lymphocytes (B-cells),
capable of identifying and binding to specific antigens

Albumin, basically is
- responsible for much of the
plasma colloidal osmotic
pressure and
- serves as a transport
protein carrying large
organic anions such as fatty
acids, bilirubin and many
- also carries certain
hormones such as cortisol
and thyroxine when their
specific binding globulins
are saturated;
- and may act as a buffer.
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1. Human Blood Types: ABO
- the A-B-O system is a means of classifying blood
according to the antigens located on the surface of the
erythrocytes (antigens are substance located on cells that
stimulate the production of antibodies)

Antigen on RBC: A
Antibodies in Plasma: anti-B
Can get blood from: O, A
Can give blood to: A, AB

Antigen on RBC: B
Antibodies in Plasma: anti-A
Can get blood from: O, B
Can give blood to: B, AB

Antigen on RBC: A & B on each RBC
Antibodies in Plasma: None
Can get blood from: O, A, B, AB
Can give blood to: AB

Antigen on RBC: none
Antibodies in Plasma: anti-B, anti-A
Can get blood from: O
Can give blood to: O, A, B, AB

- Blood type O is a universal donor
- because O has no antigens attached to its surface for
the recipients antibodies to identify, therefore it can be
given to practically anyone

- AB is the universal acceptor
- because has A and B antigens but no antibodies, so can
receive all blood types

2. Rhesus factor
- the Rh factor is another type of blood antigen (antigen-
D). Eighty-five percent of the North American
population is Rh-positive (Rh
), meaning that they
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have Rh antigens. A person without antigens in their
blood is Rh-negative (Rh
- if Rh
blood is given to an Rh
person, antibodies to
the Rh antigen will react with the antigen and
agglutination will occur

Rh Disease:
aka Erythroblastosis fetalis / Hemolytic disease
- when the mother is Rh
and father Rh

- the child may inherit Rh
allele; because mother and
child blood supplies are separate only a little mixing of
material occurs-usually at birth; subsequently the
mother develops antibodies to the Rh factor; if a
second Rh
child is conceived, serious damage may
occur as the mothers antibodies attack the childs
blooda condition called erythroblastosis fetalis

- ! is to give the Rh
mother anti-Rh antibodies,
these will destroy any Rh antigen in her blood
before her body produces any antibodies (Win-Rho
in Canada, and Rho-gram in the US)
- Doctor will discuss afore hand, as these drugs
may be associated with an increase risk of

3. Blood typing test
- look for agglutination to indicate type, e.g., if the blood
sample containing the anti-B compound (which mimics
antibody B in the blood) agglutinates then blood type is
- a second example: - only anti-Rh has agglutinated

anti-A anti-B anti-Rh
= blood type O

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Hemolytic Disease

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Winnipeg, Manitoba1950s
- Bruce Chown (b-Winnipeg)
and John Bowman (b-
Winnipeg) developed
'WinRho', the serum that
prevents erythroblastosis

The mother is given
that mop up any Rh antigens,
before the mothers immune
system has time to produce
her own antibodies, thus she
never develops an immune
response, and may go on to
have more children if she so
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M. Blood Clot
1. Overview
- clotting factors are always in the blood; platelets,
prothrombin (a globular protein) and fibrinogen

platelets clump at site of puncture
injured tissues release the enzyme (catalysis)
prothrombin activator (thromboplastin)
that converts prothrombin (a protein in the blood
plasma, which requires vitamin K to synthesize) to
thrombin (in the presence of Ca
this in turn acts as an enzyme on fibrinogen (another
blood protein)
splitting it into long threads of fibrin
this serves as a framework to hold patch together

1. Platelets + Damaged cells " thromboplastin
2. thromboplastin + Prothrombin " thrombin
3. thrombin + Fibrinogen " fibrin
4. Fibrin + cells + dried serum = blood clot

- vitamin K (mostly produced by E. coli in the colon) is
necessary for the production of prothrombin (by the liver)
- absence of results in uncontrolled hemorrhage

N. Bloods a Rover
1. At the lungs
- oxygen diffuses out the alveoli to red blood cells
- oxygen combines with reduced hemoglobin to form
oxyhemoglobin and H
A pO
of 100% = 4
molecules of O
per RBC/Hb
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Student 3: Shows a positive
response of the control,
indicating that something is
wrong with this test it is
possibly contaminated, and
therefore the results are
unreadable, i.e., blood type is

Students 1, 2, & 4: Show a
negative (nothing unexpected
has happened) response of
the control, indicating these
blood tests should be
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- freed H
combines with HCO
and forms H
O + CO
the carbon dioxide released from the bicarbonate ion
diffuses into the lungs

- H
not accumulated is released from HHb
(hemoglobin) and combines with the HCO
releases CO

- Hemoglobin is a carrier for O
, CO
, and H

2. At the tissues
- CO
produced in the cells of tissues diffuses into blood
- blood cells contain carbonic anhydrase to accelerate
- CO
combines with H
O, to form CO
- H
taken up by Hb (hemoglobin sans H
- O
is released as a result

3. Carbonic Anhydrase
- enzyme within red blood cells, that facilitates the
conversion of CO
+ H
O to and from H
+ H
O " H
" H
at the tissues
(internal respiration)

" H
" CO
+ H
O at the lungs
(external respiration)

- CO
- ~70% via HCO

- ~25% via Hemoglobin
- ~5% dissolved in the blood

4. Hydrogen Ions
- produced when hemoglobin binds with oxygen at the
- produced when carbon dioxide combines with water at
the tissues

5. Hemoglobin (Hb
- iron containing quaternary protein (globin)
- carries oxygen in blood, oxyhemoglobin (HbO
Circulatory System

Human Biology 26 Circulatory System

- buffer, picks up H
ions, reduced hemoglobin
- carries CO
, carbaminohemoglobin (HbCO