Hemoglobin/ Red Blood Cell Recycling Animation

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This is another video that I did for extra credit, sorry did not have much time to do it, so I apologize for the quality of it. I also apologize for any errors in the video. I will be adding also the narration because it may help people. I hope this helps you.

-When an RBC has lived about 120 days, it gets caught in the reticular tissue of the spleen. The RBCs rupture and the released hemoglobin is ingested by macrophages.

-The broken chains of Hemoglobin are broken down to individual amino acids that are metabolized or used to build new proteins.Iron is released from the heme of the hemoglobin, Iron is then transported by transferrin into the blood, to various tissues for storage, or to red bone marrow for making new hemoglobin.

-The heme group without the iron is converted to biliverdin, which is then converted to bilirubin. Bilirubin is then transported into the liver by albumin, where it is stored and concentrated in the gallbladder as bile. It will then be secreted into the duodenum of the small intestine.

-As it passes through the large intestine, bacteria will convert bilirubin into bilirubin derivatives, such as urobilin and stercobilin. Stercobilin contributes to the color of feces. Urobilin is absorbed into the blood and excreted thruogh the kidneys into the urine, urobilin is responsible for the yellow color in urine.

Programs Used:
Macromedia Fireworks
Macromedia Flash
Prism Converter
Windows Movie Maker

It was narrated by me. I know the narration is not the best, I stayed up really late to do this and I was really tired, so I sound slow.

Music is “Body and Soul” by Coleman Hawkins

Well Its good that this video is helping other people understand hemoglobin recycling. And thanks to medchrome.com since they are showing this video on their website, and they even included better explanation in detail, so here is the link for those looking for a better explanation:



  1. Enek Eneka says:

    helps with biochemistry, big thanx ;D

  2. SAM DOL says:

    Fantastic video for my biomed revision.I was totally lost initially.From elect engineering to bio engineering was a great leap for me.Sincere thanks for the great video.Straight forward

  3. Great video. Thank you very much for helping us to develop our knowledge and education. This video helped me a lot in my studies!

  4. hello guys, i have a question, i have been diagnosed with Gilbert's syndrome, so i have increased bilirubine in my blood, as a result that i may look "yellowish" many times, my doctor said that there are no sollutions against this syndrome besides eating healthy, but anyway the question is what can i do to lower my bilirubine?

  5. Saiphes says:

    Ooh Question: where does Carbon monoxide go?

  6. Dk Ct says:

    Hi.. thanks for the video. May I use it in my Bio class? Thanks in advance 😉

  7. Kaylin Xu says:

    wow so much info here

  8. Astrid Kelly says:

    Thank you so much! I can finally understand this process!

  9. PrisRNBSN says:

    Simple and easy just what i was looking for ty!

  10. Jorge Romero says:

    good stuff, thank you it was helpfull!

  11. Low Evon says:

    Easy to understand ~ great job ♡

  12. Very helpful and easy to understand. Thanks a lot 😀

  13. adaption27 says:

    Wow… you broke that down to me in less that 2 mins, thanks!!!

  14. Socheath Sim says:

    awesome video… thank you

  15. Great video! Thank you 🙂

  16. classy chica says:

    Awesome video. Thanks.

  17. Very helpful video. Thanks

  18. This is very helpful, thankyou! Great music too 😛

  19. Nada Tobar says:

    RBC have no nucleus where it increases space for homiglobin to carry more O2 ??

  20. that was very helpful thank u 🙂

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