1. The solvent action of a neutral salt upon a protein, oxyhemoglobin, has been found identical to the solvent action of a neutral salt upon a bi-bivalent or uni-quadrivalent compound.
2. The solubility of oxyhemoglobin in phosphate solutions of varying ionic strength has been defined by the equation: log
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in which µ is the ionic strength, and S0 is the solubility in the absence of salt.
3. The values of S0 have been calculated to be 12.2, 11.2, and 13.1 gm. per liter respectively at pH 6.4, 6.6, and 6.8.
4. The relatively great solubility of oxyhemoglobin in water has been ascribed to the strong affinity constants for acid and base of certain groups in oxyhemoglobin.
5. The small change in the solubility of oxyhemoglobin effected by neutral salts suggests that but few such groups are dissociated in oxyhemoglobin in the state in which it crystallizes near its isoelectric point.
6. Certain of the other properties of oxyhemoglobin, such as its low viscosity, are considered in the light of its molecular weight and its valence type.