Intestinal O2 uptake during sympathetic stimulation and partial arterial occlusion

A. P. Shepherd

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In isolated loops of canine small bowel perfused at constant blood flow, stimulating perivascular sympathetic nerves (8-10 Hz) depressed O2 extraction and O2 uptake. Because sympathetic stimulation also decreased 86Rb extraction, the results confimred earlier studies indicating that sympathetic stimulation closes 'precapillary sphincters' and through diffusion limitations reduces the capillary-to-cell flux of oxygen. To determine if sympathetic stimulation could lower O2 uptake under more physiologic circumstances, a second series of experiments was performed during constant arterial pressure perfusion. Sympathetic stimulation reduced blood flow by about 30% in the steady phase. Oxygen extraction did not increase appreciably, so O2 uptake was also reduced. When partial arterial occlusion was used to lower the blood flow to the level that it reached during sympathetic stimulation, large increases (37%) in O2 extraction occurred so that O2 uptake remained near control levels. The results indicate that after arterial occlusion local mechanisms maintained O2 uptake by increasing O2 extraction through capillary density increases, but that this mechanism is impaired by sympathetic stimulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H731-H735
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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