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Separate and combined effects of hypoxia and horizontal bed rest on retinal blood vessel diameters
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
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2016 (English)In: Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, ISSN 0146-0404, E-ISSN 1552-5783, Vol. 57, no 11, 4927-4932 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE. To assess the separate and combined effects of exposure to prolonged and sustained recumbency (bed rest) and hypoxia on retinal microcirculation. METHODS. Eleven healthy male subjects (mean 6 SD age = 27 ± 6 years; body mass index [BMI] = 23.7 ± 3.0 kg m-2) participated in a repeated-measures crossover design study comprising three 21-day interventions: normoxic bed rest (NBR; partial pressure of inspired O2, PiO2 = 133.1 ± 0.3 mm Hg); hypoxic ambulation (HAMB; PiO2 = 90.0 6 0.4 mm Hg), and hypoxic bed rest (HBR; PiO2 = 90.0 ± 0.4 mm Hg). Central retinal arteriolar (CRAE) and venular (CRVE) equivalents were measured at baseline and at regular intervals during each 21- day intervention. RESULTS. Normoxic bed rest caused a progressive reduction in CRAE, with the change in CRAE relative to baseline being highest on day 15 (ΔDCRAE = -7.5 µm; 95% confidence interval [CI]: -10.8 to -4.2; P < 0.0001). Hypoxic ambulation resulted in a persistent 21-day increase in CRAE, reaching a maximum on day 4 (DCRAE = 9.4 µm; 95% CI: 6.0-12.7; P < 0.0001). During HBR, the increase in CRAE was highest on day 3 (ΔDCRAE = 4.5 µm; 95% CI: 1.2-7.8; P = 0.007), but CRAE returned to baseline levels thereafter. Central retinal venular equivalent decreased during NBR and increased during HAMB and HBR. The reduction in CRVE during NBR was highest on day 1 (ΔDCRVE = -7.9 µm; 95 CI: -13.3 to -2.5), and the maximum ΔDCRVE during HAMB (24.6 µm; 95% CI: 18.9-30.3) and HBR (15.2 µm; 95% CI: 9.8-20.5) was observed on days 10 and 3, respectively. CONCLUSIONS. The diameters of retinal blood vessels exhibited a dynamic response to hypoxia and bed rest, such that retinal vasodilation was smaller during combined bed rest and hypoxia than during hypoxic exposure.

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Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Inc. , 2016. Vol. 57, no 11, 4927-4932 p.
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Bed rest, Hypoxia, Microvasculature, Physical inactivity, Retina
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-194915DOI: 10.1167/iovs.16-19968ISI: 000390156400049ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84988942309OAI: diva2:1051346

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