We tested a hypothesis that the cerebral blood flow (CBF) is reduced at hyperbaric oxygen due to inactivation of nitric oxide (NO) by superoxide anions (O2). In our experiments, the CBF was measured under hyperbaric oxygenation (HBO) 4ATA after inhibition of NO synthesis and inactivation of O2. The CBF was reduced at HBO exposure. Inhibition of NO--synthase type I and III (NOS) by L-NAME in the air caused the same decreasing of the CBF as at 4 ATA HBO. Hyperbaric vasoconstriction was diminished after NOS inhibition. Intravenous injection of superoxide dismutase (CuZn SOD) increased the CBF in the air and HBO exposure. This effect disappeared at preliminary NOS inhibition. These data suggest that inactivation of NO by O2 is a more effective mechanism of HBO vasoconstriction.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Rossiiskii fiziologicheskii zhurnal imeni I.M. Sechenova / Rossiiskaia akademiia nauk|
|State||Published - May 2002|
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