The effects of acute intermittent hypoxia on cardiovascular parameters in normotensive and chronic hypobaric hypoxia-induced hypertensive rabbits

Yaman M. O. , Guner I. , Uzun H. , Sahin G. , Yelmen N.

GENERAL PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOPHYSICS, vol.33, no.2, pp.243-250, 2014 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.4149/gpb_2013070
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.243-250


The effects of both chronic hypoxia and acute intermittent hypoxia on cardiovascular system are unclear. We designed this study to develop a rabbit model of hypertension by exposure to chronic hypobaric hypoxia (CHH) and to investigate the effects of acute intermittent hypoxia on hypertensive rabbits. Present study was performed in 13 albino rabbits that divided into CHH and control groups. To develop hypertension, the rabbits were placed in a hypobaric chamber (390 mmHg; 22 hours/day, 30 days). Afterwards, acute intermittent hypoxia protocol was applied (8% FIO2 (Fraction of Inspired Oxygen) 1 min + 5 min normoxia, 20 cycles, 2 hours) to rabbits anesthetized with urethane and alpha-chloralose. Mean arterial pressure, heart rate and hematocrit values have been determined. Also asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and noradrenaline (NA) values have been analyzed in blood.