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Changes to metabolite concentration in fetal sheep subjected to prolonged hypobaric hypoxia

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posted on 2024-06-05, 02:02 authored by R Jacobs, Julie OwensJulie Owens, J Falconer, ME Webster, JS Robinson
The effect of hypobaric hypoxaemia on the concentration of metabolic substrates in the ovine fetus and pregnant ewe with implanted vascular catheters, was investigated. At 120 to 141 days of gestation sheep were subjected to hypobaria (mean fetal carotid PO2 12.7 +/- 0.7 torr; n = 9) or normobaria (mean fetal carotid PO2 22.7 +/- 0.7 torr; n = 11; P less than 0.001). At 141 days gestation mean fetal weight was 3.46 +/- 0.72 kg in the hypobaric group compared to 4.15 +/- 0.51 in the normobaric group (P less than 0.05). Concentrations of glucose in maternal and fetal plasma and fructose in fetal plasma were similar in hypobaric and normobaric fetuses. The concentration of lactate in fetal plasma rose from 1.68 +/- 1.34 to 8.79 +/- 5.8 mmol/l (P less than 0.001) within 24 h of onset of hypoxia, but fell to 3.36 +/- 1.13 mmol/l by day 3 of treatment, though still significantly above the concentration of lactate in the control fetuses (1.47 +/- 0.47; P less than 0.001). There was no significant effect of hypoxia on the concentration of lactate or alanine in maternal plasma. Alanine concentration in the plasma of fetuses subjected to hypoxia significantly increased within 24 h of exposure (0.28 +/- 0.10 vs 0.58 +/- 0.39 mmol/l; P less than 0.01) and remained elevated for the duration of the study. There was no significant effect of gestational age on the concentration of metabolic substrates in either the control or experimental groups. Hypoxia is associated with a sustained rise in the concentration of plasma lactate and alanine in the fetus.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Journal

Journal of developmental physiology

Volume

10

Pagination

113-121

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0141-9846

Language

eng

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CN.1 Other journal article

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1988, Oxford Business Group

Issue

2

Publisher

Oxford Business Group

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