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pH balance - HCO3/CO2 buffer in culture media (Sep/16/2005 )

[B][COLOR=blue]I would like somebody to explain me how cells breath in culture media and how HCO3-/CO2 buffering system works in culture medium. Does anyone know exact equation?

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cells breath due to the dissolved O2 in the solution (PO2 is sufficent in medium for O2 to get the cells).
Buffering system is :

H2O + CO2 <--> H2CO3 <----combination with H2O / liberation of H2O--> H3O+ + HCO3-

Excess H3O+ entering the medium reacts with the HCO3- and excess OH- reacts with carbonic acid.