Richard Bland

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  • MICROVASCULAR PRESSURES DURING HYPOXIA IN ISOLATED LUNGS OF NEWBORN RABBITS JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY Fike, C. D., LaiFook, S. J., Bland, R. D. 1988; 65 (1): 283-287

    Abstract:

    The purpose of this study was to determine the sites of hypoxic vasoconstriction in lungs of newborn rabbits. We isolated and perfused with blood the lungs from 19 rabbit pups, 7-23 days old. We maintained blood flow constant, continuously monitored pulmonary arterial and left atrial pressures, and alternated ventilation of the lungs with 95% O2-5% CO2 (control), and 95% N2-5% CO2 (hypoxia). Using micropipettes and a servonulling device, we measured pressures in 20-60-micron-diam subpleural arterioles and venules during control and hypoxic conditions. We inflated the lungs to a constant airway pressure of 5-7 cmH2O and kept left atrial pressure greater than airway pressure (zone 3) during micropuncture. In eight lungs we measured microvascular pressures first during control and then during hypoxia. We reversed this order in four lungs. In seven lungs we measured microvascular pressures only during hypoxia. We found a significant increase in pulmonary arterial pressure with no change in microvascular pressures. These results indicate that the site of hypoxic vasoconstriction in lungs of newborn rabbits is arteries greater than 60 micron in diameter.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1988P400100040

    View details for PubMedID 3403470

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