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  • 1. Amon, M
    et al.
    Keramidas, Michail E.
    Kounalakis, S
    Kölegård, Roger
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Simpson, L
    MacDonald, I
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Mekjavic, IB
    Effect of hypoxia on postprandial blood glucose and insulin response2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 2. Arvedsen, SK
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Kölegård, Roger
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Petersen, L. G.
    Damgaard, M.
    Body height and arterial pressure in seated and supine young males during +2 G centrifugation2015In: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology, ISSN 0363-6119, E-ISSN 1522-1490, Vol. 309, no 9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is known that arterial pressure correlates positively with body height in males and it has been suggested that this is due to the increasing vertical hydrostatic gradient from the heart to the carotid baroreceptors. Therefore we tested the hypothesis that a higher gravitoinertial stress induced by the use of a human centrifuge would increase mean arterial pressure (MAP) more in tall than in short males in the seated position. In short (162-171cm, n=8) and tall (194-203cm, n=10) healthy males (18-41y), brachial arterial pressure, heart rate (HR) and cardiac output were measured during +2G centrifugation, while they were seated upright with the legs kept horizontal (+2Gz). In a separate experiment, the same measurements were done with the subjects supine (+2Gx). During +2Gz MAP increased in the short (22±2 mmHg, p<0.0001) and tall (23±2 mmHg, p<0.0001) males, with no significant difference between the groups. HR increased more (p<0.05) in the tall than in the short group (14±2 versus 7±2 bpm). Stroke volume (SV) decreased in the short group (26±4 mL, p=0.001) and more so in the tall group (39±5 mL, p<0.0001; short vs tall p=0.047). During +2GX, systolic arterial pressure increased (p<0.001) and SV (p=0.012) decreased in the tall group only. In conclusion, during +2Gz MAP increased in both short and tall males with no difference between the groups. However, in the tall group HR increased more during +2Gz which could be caused by a larger hydrostatic pressure gradient from heart to head leading to greater inhibition of the carotid baroreceptors.

  • 3. Baer, R
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Effects of continuous positive- and negative-pressure breathing on the pattern of breathing in man during exercise.1989In: Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6772, E-ISSN 1365-201X, Vol. 137, no 2, p. 301-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Breathing pattern and static lung volumes were studied in 10 subjects at rest and during incremental-load cycle ergometry under three different conditions, viz. with normal pressure in the airways (control) and during continuous positive- and negative-pressure breathing (CPPB, CNPB) of +15 and -15 cmH2O. End-expiratory, end-inspiratory and mid-expiratory volumes were increased by CPPB and decreased by CNPB; these effects were especially pronounced at rest and during mild exercise. Both at rest and during exercise mean inspiratory flow (VT/TI) was exaggerated by CPPB and attenuated by CNPB. At rest these changes were due mainly to concomitant changes in tidal volume (VT) which was increased by CPPB and decreased by CNPB, while inspiratory time duration (TI) was relatively unaffected by pressure breathing. The transition from rest to loadless pedalling induced an increase in VT but no change in TI in the control condition, whereas in the CPPB and CNPB conditions TI decreased and VT remained unaltered. This CPPB- and CNPB-induced change in the volume-time threshold relationship at the onset of pedalling is attributed to increased stretch receptor activity in the extrathoracic portion of the trachea as a result of the increments in transmural pressure. During the course of exercise there was an inverse relationship between the slope of the VT-TI curve and the mid-expiratory volume in that the slope was greater in the control than in the CPPB condition and greatest during CNPB, suggesting that in exercise hyperpnoea the VT-TI relationship is also determined by pulmonary and/or thoracic wall stretch receptors capable of sensing the absolute lung volume.

  • 4. Baer, R.
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Balldin, U.
    Cardiovascular effects of head-up tilt as affected by a vasopressin analogue1987In: The Physiologist, ISSN 0031-9376, E-ISSN 1522-1202, Vol. 30, no 1 Suppl, p. S64-65Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 5. Baer, R
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Balldin, U
    Effects of triglycyl-lysine-vasopressin on cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress.1987In: Clinical Physiology, ISSN 0144-5979, E-ISSN 1365-2281, Vol. 7, no 4, p. 329-35Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of triglycyl-lysine-vasopressin (TGLVP) on cardiovascular responses to orthostatic stress was studied. Arterial pressures, heart rate (HR) and stroke volume (SV) were measured in eight healthy males subjected to 20 min 70 degrees head-up tilt. On different days they received either 0.01 mg/kg b.w. of TGLVP or a corresponding volume of 0.9% saline i.v. after 15 min supine rest. After the drug injection, in supine subjects, HR had decreased from 58 to 50 beats min-1, total peripheral resistance (TPR) was elevated by 29%, systolic (SAP) and diastolic pressure (DAP) had increased by 7 and 8 mmHg, respectively. During tilt, values for HR and SAP were similar with and without TGLVP whereas DAP and MAP were elevated 8 and 7 mmHg, respectively, by the drug. 4-8 min into the tilt, TGLVP caused an 8% sustained curtailment of SV. Both with and without the drug TPR increased by about 30% in response to head-up tilt. Thus, the marked peripheral arteriolar constriction after vasopressin in the supine position was not affected by head-up tilt. Tilting also abolished the drug-induced elevation in SAP, most likely explained by the reduction in SV. Although TPR was markedly increased by TGLVP during head-up tilt, reflected in the behaviour of DAP, the response of SV speaks against any beneficial effect of this drug on orthostatic tolerance in healthy subjects.

  • 6. Bali, TC
    et al.
    Kounalakis, SN
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, IB
    PlanHab: The effects of 21-day hypoxic confinement and unloading/inactivity on regional body composition and muscle strength2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 7. Berg, H. E.
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Swedish Defence Research Agency.
    Muscle control in elite alpine skiing1999In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, E-ISSN 1530-0315, Vol. 31, no 7, p. 1065-1067Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether muscle control may be influenced by accelerative forces brought about by the downhill displacement of body mass in combination with the sharp turns during alpine skiing.

    METHODS: Sixteen elite skiers performed either super G (SG), giant slalom (GS), slalom (SL), or freestyle mogul (FM) skiing. Knee and hip joint angles and electromyographic (EMG) activity of the knee extensors were recorded.

    RESULTS: During the course of a turn, the minimum (deepest stance position) knee angle of the outside (main load-bearing) leg ranged from 60 degrees to 100 degrees, where the smallest angle was obtained in the FM event. Among the traditional alpine disciplines, smaller knee angles were obtained in the high-speed events (i.e., knee angle: SG<GS<SL). Knee angular velocity of the outside leg ranged from 15 degrees to 300 degrees x s(-1), with the slower movements in the high-speed disciplines (i.e., knee angular velocity: SG<GS<SL<FM). In all disciplines, EMG activity reached near-maximal levels during the course of a turn. In SG, GS, and SL, but not in FM skiing, a marked predominance of eccentric over concentric muscle actions was observed. The dominance of slow eccentric muscle actions has not been observed in other athletic activities.

    CONCLUSIONS: We believe these results have important implications for the design of specific training models.

  • 8. Berg, H E
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Tesch, P A
    Involvement of eccentric muscle actions in giant slalom racing.1995In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, E-ISSN 1530-0315, Vol. 27, no 12, p. 1666-70Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Joint angular movements and muscle activation (EMG), were determined in male elite racers while performing the giant slalom. Movement cycles averaged 3.5 +/- 0.6 s (left plus right turn), and knee angle ranged 66-114 degrees (180 degrees = straight leg). Knee extensor muscle use was dominated (rectified EMG; P < 0.05) by the leg controlling the outside (downhill) ski during the turn. Time spent while decreasing knee angle (eccentric muscle action) of outside leg averaged 1.0 +/- 0.2 s. This phase was longer (P < 0.05) than the average push-off (concentric muscle action) phase of 0.5 +/- 0.1 s. Moreover, EMG activity of the outside leg during eccentric muscle actions exceeded (P < 0.05) that of concentric actions and was similar to that attained during maximum isometric knee extension in laboratory tests. Knee and hip angular movement ranged 20-50 degrees. Average joint velocities equalled 20-40 degrees.s(-1) during the turning phase. Thus, competitive giant slalom skiing is dominated by slow eccentric muscle actions performed at near maximum voluntary force. Because of their greater ability to generate force, eccentric muscle actions may be warranted or even required to resist the G-forces induced during the turn phase.

  • 9. Berg, Hans E.
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Swedish Defence Research Agency.
    Miklavcic, Lucijan
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Hip, thigh and calf muscle atrophy and bone loss after 5-week bedrest inactivity2007In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN 1439-6319, E-ISSN 1439-6327, Vol. 99, no 3, p. 283-289Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Unloaded inactivity induces atrophy and functional deconditioning of skeletal muscle, especially in the lower extremities. Information is scarce, however, regarding the effect of unloaded inactivity on muscle size and function about the hip. Regional bone loss has been demonstrated in hips and knees of elderly orthopaedic patients, as quantified by computerized tomography (CT). This method remains to be validated in healthy individuals rendered inactive, including real or simulated weightlessness. In this study, ten healthy males were subjected to 5 weeks of experimental bedrest and five matched individuals served as ambulatory controls. Maximum voluntary isometric hip and knee extension force were measured using the strain gauge technique. Cross-sectional area (CSA) of hip, thigh and calf muscles, and radiological density (RD) of the proximal tibial bone were measured using CT. Bedrest decreased (P < 0.05) average (SD) muscle strength by 20 (8)% in knee extension, and by 22 (12)% in hip extension. Bedrest induced atrophy (P < 0.05) of extensor muscles in the gluteal region, thigh and calf, ranging from 2 to 12%. Atrophy was more pronounced in the knee extensors [9 (4)%] and ankle plantar flexors [12 (3)%] than in the gluteal extensor muscles [2 (2)%]. Bone density of the proximal tibia decreased (P < 0.05) by 3 (2)% during bedrest. Control subjects did not show any temporal changes in muscle or bone indices (P > 0.05), when examined at similar time intervals. The present findings of a substantial loss in hip extensor strength and a smaller, yet significant atrophy of these muscles, demonstrate that hip muscle deconditioning accompanies losses in thigh and calf muscle mass after bedrest. This suggests that comprehensive quantitative studies on impaired locomotor function after inactivity should include all joints of the lower extremity. Our results also demonstrate that a decreased RD, indicating bone mineral loss, can be shown already after 5 weeks of unloaded bedrest, using a standard CT technique.

  • 10. Berg, Ulf
    et al.
    Kölegård, Roger
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Fysiska tester i samband med Grundläggande militär utbildning (GMU)2012Report (Other academic)
  • 11. Bjurstedt, H
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Graded restriction of blood flow in exercising leg muscles: a human model.1995In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, ISSN 0065-2598, E-ISSN 2214-8019, Vol. 381, p. 147-56Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12. Bjurstedt, Hilding
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Graded ischemia in exercising human skeletal muscles: methods and applications1995In: News in Physiological Sciences - NIPS, ISSN 0886-1714, E-ISSN 1522-161X, Vol. 10, p. 193-197Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A method was developed for inducing graded blood flow restriction in exercising large muscle groups in humans. The method holds promise as a means to study local and systemic effects of ischemic exercise. Recent applications include studies on the effects of long-term leg ischemia in endurance training.                                                           

  • 13. Chowdhury, Helena H
    et al.
    Velebit, Jelena
    Mekjavic, Igor B
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Kreft, Marko
    Zorec, Robert
    Systemic Hypoxia Increases the Expression of DPP4 in Preadipocytes of Healthy Human Participants2017In: Experimental and clinical endocrinology & diabetes, ISSN 0947-7349, E-ISSN 1439-3646Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) is a transmembrane glycoprotein involved in protein degradation. Due to its action on incretins, which increase insulin secretion, DPP4 is considered a therapeutic target for type 2 diabetes. Here we have studied the role of single and combined effects of hypoxia and inactivity on the expression of DPP4 in human adipose tissue of 12 adult normal-weight males. Fat biopsies were obtained at baseline and after each of three experimental campaigns. The results revealed that in isolated human preadipocytes the expression of DPP4 was significantly increased by exposure of participants to hypoxia. Physical inactivity per se had no apparent effect on the DPP4 expression. It is concluded that DPP4 may be a marker to monitor indirectly tissue hypoxia, as occurs in obese subjects.

  • 14. Ciuha, U
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, IB
    PlanHab: Effects of normobaric hypoxic bed rest on behavioural temperature regulation2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 15. Ciuha, U
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    PlanHab: The effect of hypoxic bedrest on behavioural temperature regulation2014In: Proceedings from 35th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 16. Ciuha, U
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Strategies for increasing evaporative cooling during simulated desert patrol missions2014In: Proceedings from 3rd International Congress on Soldiers Physical Performance, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17. Ciuha, U
    et al.
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, B.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Strategies for increasing evaporative cooling during simulated desert patrol mission.2016In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 59, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The study evaluated the efficiency of two heat dissipation strategies under simulated desert patrol missions. Ten men participated in four trials, during which they walked on a treadmill (45°C, 20% relative humidity), carrying a load of 35 kg; two 50-min walks were separated by a 20-min rest. Cooling strategies, provided by an ambient air-ventilated vest (active cooling condition, AC), or water spraying of the skin during the rest (passive cooling condition, PC), in addition to reduced clothing and open zippers, were compared to conditions with full protective (FP) clothing and naked condition (NC). Skin temperature was higher during NC (37.9 ± 0.4°C; p < 0.001), and rectal temperature and heart rate were higher during FP (38.6 ± 0.4°C, p < 0.001 and 145 ± 12, p < 0.001, respectively), compared to other conditions. Four subjects terminated the trial prematurely due to signs of heat exhaustion in FP. Both cooling strategies substantially improved evaporative cooling.

  • 18. Ciuha, U
    et al.
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, I
    Kölegård, Roger
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Pavlinič, D
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Thermal strain in soldiers performing patrol missions in a desert climate: effect of two different cooling strategies2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19. Ciuha, Ursa
    et al.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Effects of normobaric hypoxic bed rest on the thermal comfort zone2015In: Journal of Thermal Biology, ISSN 0306-4565, E-ISSN 1879-0992, Vol. 49-50, p. 39-46Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Future Lunar and Mars habitats will maintain a hypobaric hypoxic environment to minimise the risk of decompression sickness during the preparation for extra-vehicular activity. This study was part of a larger study investigating the separate and combined effects of inactivity associated with reduced gravity and hypoxia, on the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neurohumoural, and thermoregulatory systems. Eleven healthy normothermic young male subjects participated in three trials conducted on separate occasions: (1) Normobaric hypoxic ambulatory confinement, (2) Normobaric hypoxic bedrest and (3) Normobaric normoxic bedrest Normobaric hypoxia was achieved by reduction of the oxygen fraction in the air (FiO2=0.141 +/- 0.004) within the facility, while the effects of reduced gravity were simulated by confining the subjects to a horizontal position in bed, with all daily routines performed in this position for 21 days. The present study investigated the effect of the interventions on behavioural temperature regulation. The characteristics of the thermal comfort zone (TCZ) were assessed by a water-perfused suit, with the subjects instructed to regulate the sinusoidally varying temperature of the suit within a range considered as thermally comfortable. Measurements were performed 5 days prior to the intervention (D-5), and on days 10 (D10) and 20 (D20) of the intervention. no statistically significant differences were found in any of the characteristics of the TCZ between the interventions (HAMB, HBR and NBR), or between different measurement days (D-5, D10, D20) within each intervention. rectal temperature remained stable, whereas skin temperature (T-sk) increased during all interventions throughout the one hour trial, no difference in T-sk between 0-5, D10 and D20, and between HAMB, HBR and NBR were revealed, subjects perceived the regulated temperature as thermally comfortable, and neutral or warm, we conclude that regulation of thermal comfort is not compromised by hypoxic inactivity. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 20. De Boever, P
    et al.
    Louwies, T
    Kounalakis, S
    Cox, B
    Jaki Mekjavic, P
    Nawrot, T
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    PlanHab: In vivo retinal images for a non-invasive analysis of the microcirculation during hypoxia and unloading/inactivity2014In: Proceedings from 35th Annual International Gravitational Physiology Meeting, Waterloo, Canada, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 21. De Boever, P
    et al.
    Louwies, T
    Kounalakis, Stylianos
    Jaki Mekjavic, P
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    In vivo retinal images for a non-invasive analysis of the microcirculation during hypoxia and unloading/inactivity2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 22. Debevec, T
    et al.
    Bali, T
    Simpson, E.J.
    MacDonald, I.A.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    PlanHab: Effects of simulated planetary habitation on body mass and whole body composition2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 23. Debevec, T
    et al.
    Ehrström, S
    Pialoux, V
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, IB
    Millet, GP
    FemHab: Prooxidant/antioxidant balance during and following a 10-day hypoxic bed rest2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction:Inhabitants of the envisaged planetary habitats will be continuously exposed to reduced gravity and hypoxia. The combined effects of unloading and hypoxia on prooxidant/antioxidant balance are currently unknown.

    Methods:Healthy female participants underwent the following three, 10-day interventions: i) Normobaric normoxic bed-rest (NBR; n=11; FiO2=0.209) ii) Normobaric hypoxic ambulatory confinement (HAMB; n=9: FiO2~0.141), and iii) Normobaric hypoxic bed-rest (HBR; n=12; FiO2~0.141). Plasma oxidative stress [advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) and nitrotyrosine], antioxidant markers [superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPX)] and nitrites were determined before (Pre), during (Day 2, Day 6), immediately after (Post) and 24-hrs after (Post+1) each campaign.

    Results:Compared to Pre, the AOPP was only higher on Day 2, Day 6 and Post during the HBR and at Post during the NBR (P<0.05) while the nitrotyrosine was significantly reduced at Post+1 only during the HAMB (P<0.05). Higher levels of SOD were observed during the HAMB at Day 6 and Post+1whereas GPX was reduced at Day 6 and Post during the HBR. Nitrites were significantly higher at Post+1 in the HAMB both, compared to Pre and compared to HBR and NBR (P<0.05).

    Conclusion:These data suggest that the unloading-induced oxidative stress is exacerbated by exposure to simulated altitude of ~4000m. In addition, even habitual (low) physical activity, performed during hypoxic exposure, seems to blunt hypoxia-related oxidative stress via antioxidant system upregulation.

  • 24. Debevec, T.
    et al.
    Ganse, B.
    Mittag, U.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, I. B.
    Rittweger, J.
    Hypoxia aggravates inactivity-Related muscle wasting2018In: Frontiers in Physiology, ISSN 1664-042X, E-ISSN 1664-042X, Vol. 9, no May, article id 494Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Poor musculoskeletal state is commonly observed in numerous clinical populations such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure patients. It, however, remains unresolved whether systemic hypoxemia, typically associated with such clinical conditions, directly contributes to muscle deterioration. We aimed to experimentally elucidate the effects of systemic environmental hypoxia upon inactivity-related muscle wasting. For this purpose, fourteen healthy, male participants underwent three 21-day long interventions in a randomized, cross-over designed manner: (i) bed rest in normoxia (NBR; PiO2 = 133.1 ± 0.3 mmHg), (ii) bed rest in normobaric hypoxia (HBR; PiO2 = 90.0 ± 0.4 mmHg) and ambulatory confinement in normobaric hypoxia (HAmb; PiO2 = 90.0 ± 0.4 mmHg). Peripheral quantitative computed tomography and vastus lateralis muscle biopsies were performed before and after the interventions to obtain thigh and calf muscle cross-sectional areas and muscle fiber phenotype changes, respectively. A significant reduction of thigh muscle size following NBR (-6.9%, SE 0.8%; P &lt; 0.001) was further aggravated following HBR (-9.7%, SE 1.2%; P = 0.027). Bed rest-induced muscle wasting in the calf was, by contrast, not exacerbated by hypoxic conditions (P = 0.47). Reductions in both thigh (-2.7%, SE 1.1%, P = 0.017) and calf (-3.3%, SE 0.7%, P &lt; 0.001) muscle size were noted following HAmb. A significant and comparable increase in type 2× fiber percentage of the vastus lateralis muscle was noted following both bed rest interventions (NBR = +3.1%, SE 2.6%, HBR = +3.9%, SE 2.7%, P &lt; 0.05). Collectively, these data indicate that hypoxia can exacerbate inactivity-related muscle wasting in healthy active participants and moreover suggest that the combination of both, hypoxemia and lack of activity, as seen in COPD patients, might be particularly harmful for muscle tissue.

  • 25. Debevec, T.
    et al.
    Keramidas, Michail E.
    Norman, B
    Gustafsson, T
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Mekjavic, I
    No evidence for the “normobaric oxygen paradox”2011In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, Vol. 43, no S5, p. 151-151Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 26. Debevec, T
    et al.
    McDonnell, A.C.
    MacDonald, I
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    Changes in body composition and dietary intake as a consequence of 10-day hypoxic confinement and unloading/inactivityIn: Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, ISSN 1715-5312, E-ISSN 1715-5320Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27. Debevec, T.
    et al.
    Pialoux, V.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mury, P.
    Millet, G.P.
    Moderate exercise blunts oxidative stress induced by normobaric hypoxic confinement2014In: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, ISSN 0195-9131, E-ISSN 1530-0315, Vol. 46, no 1, p. 33-41Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    PURPOSE: Both acute hypoxia and physical exercise are known to increase oxidative stress. This randomized prospective trial investigated whether the addition of moderate exercise can alter oxidative stress induced by continuous hypoxic exposure. METHODS: Fourteen male participants were confined to 10-d continuous normobaric hypoxia (FIO2 = 0.139 ± 0.003, PIO2 = 88.2 ± 0.6 mm Hg, ∼4000-m simulated altitude) either with (HCE, n = 8, two training sessions per day at 50% of hypoxic maximal aerobic power) or without exercise (HCS, n = 6). Plasma levels of oxidative stress markers (advanced oxidation protein products [AOPP], nitrotyrosine, and malondialdehyde), antioxidant markers (ferric-reducing antioxidant power, superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase), nitric oxide end-products, and erythropoietin were measured before the exposure (Pre), after the first 24 h of exposure (D1), after the exposure (Post) and after the 24-h reoxygenation (Post + 1). In addition, graded exercise test in hypoxia was performed before and after the protocol. RESULTS: Maximal aerobic power increased after the protocol in HCE only (+6.8%, P < 0.05). Compared with baseline, AOPP was higher at Post + 1 (+28%, P < 0.05) and nitrotyrosine at Post (+81%, P < 0.05) in HCS only. Superoxide dismutase (+30%, P < 0.05) and catalase (+53%, P < 0.05) increased at Post in HCE only. Higher levels of ferric-reducing antioxidant power (+41%, P < 0.05) at Post and lower levels of AOPP (-47%, P < 0.01) at Post + 1 were measured in HCE versus HCS. Glutathione peroxidase (+31%, P < 0.01) increased in both groups at Post + 1. Similar erythropoietin kinetics was noted in both groups with an increase at D1 (+143%, P < 0.01), a return to baseline at Post, and a decrease at Post + 1 (-56%, P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: These data provide evidence that 2 h of moderate daily exercise training can attenuate the oxidative stress induced by continuous hypoxic exposure.

  • 28. Debevec, T.
    et al.
    Simpson, E. J.
    Mekjavic, I. B.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Macdonald, I. A.
    Effects of prolonged hypoxia and bed rest on appetite and appetite-related hormones2016In: Appetite, ISSN 0195-6663, E-ISSN 1095-8304, Vol. 107, p. 28-37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Environmental hypoxia and inactivity have both been shown to modulate appetite. To elucidate the independent and combined effects of hypoxia and bed rest-induced inactivity on appetite-related hormones and subjective appetite, eleven healthy, non-obese males underwent three experimental interventions in a cross-over and randomized fashion: 1) Hypoxic confinement combined with daily moderate-intensity exercise (HAMB, FiO2 = 0.141 ± 0.004; PiO2 = 90.0 ± 0.4 mmHg) 2) Bed rest in normoxia (NBR, FiO2 = 0.209; PiO2 = 133.1 ± 0.3 mmHg) and 3) Bed rest in hypoxia (HBR, FiO2 = 0.141 ± 0.004; PiO2 = 90.0 ± 0.4 mmHg). A mixed-meal tolerance test (MTT), followed by an ad libitum meal were performed before (Pre) and after 16-days (Post) of each intervention. Composite satiety scores (CSS) during the MTT were calculated from visual analogue scores, while fasting and postprandial concentrations of total ghrelin, peptide YY (PYY), glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and leptin were quantified from arterialized-venous samples. Postprandial CSS were significantly lower at Post compared to Pre in NBR only (P &lt; 0.05) with no differences observed in ad libitum meal intakes. Postprandial concentrations and incremental area under the curve (AUC) for total ghrelin and PYY were unchanged following all interventions. Postprandial GLP-1 concentrations were only reduced at Post following HBR (P &lt; 0.05) with resulting AUC changes being significantly lower compared to HAMB (P &lt; 0.01). Fasting leptin was reduced following HAMB (P &lt; 0.05) with no changes observed following NBR and HBR. These findings suggest that independently, 16-day of simulated altitude exposure (∼4000 m) and bed rest-induced inactivity do not significantly alter subjective appetite or ad libitum intakes. The measured appetite-related hormones following both HAMB and HBR point to a situation of hypoxia-induced appetite stimulation, although this did not reflect in higher ad libitum intakes. Clinical Trial Registration Number: NCT02293772.

  • 29. Debevec, T
    et al.
    Simpson, EJ
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, IB
    Macdonald, IA
    PlanHab: The individual and combined effects of inactivity and hypoxia on insulin resistance2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Inactivity is know to aggravate insulin resistance. The effects of hypoxia on insulin and glucose metabolism, on the other hand, are not completely understood.

  • 30. Debevec, T
    et al.
    Simpson, T
    MacDonald, I.A.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
    PlanHab: Energy expenditure and appetite sensation during hypoxic bedrest2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31. Debevec, Tadej
    et al.
    Bali, Tarsi C.
    Simpson, Elizabeth J.
    Macdonald, Ian A.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Separate and combined effects of 21-day bed rest and hypoxic confinement on body composition2014In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN 1439-6319, E-ISSN 1439-6327, Vol. 114, no 11, p. 2411-2425Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study tested the hypothesis that hypoxia exacerbates reductions in body mass observed during unloading. To discern the separate and combined effects of simulated microgravity and hypoxia, 11 healthy males underwent three 21-day campaigns in a counterbalanced fashion: (1) normoxic bed rest (NBR; FiO2 = 0.209; PiO2 = 133.1 +/- A 0.3); (2) hypoxic ambulatory confinement (HAMB; FiO2 = 0.141 +/- A 0.004; PiO2 = 90.0 +/- A 0.4; similar to 4,000 m); and (3) hypoxic bed rest (HBR; FiO2 = 0.141 +/- A 0.004; PiO2 = 90.0 +/- A 0.4). The same dietary menu was applied in all campaigns. Targeted energy intakes were estimated individually using the Harris-Benedict equation taking into account whether the subjects were bedridden or ambulatory. Body mass and water balance were assessed throughout the campaigns. Whole body and regional body composition was determined before and after the campaigns using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Before and during the campaigns, indirect calorimetry and visual analogue scores were employed to assess the resting energy expenditure (REE) and perceived appetite sensations, respectively. Energy intakes were lower than targeted in all campaigns (NBR: -5 %; HAMB: -14 %; HBR: -6 %; P < 0.01). Body mass significantly decreased following all campaigns (NBR: -3 %; HAMB: -4 %; HBR: -5 %; P < 0.01). While fat mass was not significantly altered, the whole body fat free mass was reduced (NBR: -4 %; HAMB: -5 %; HBR: -5 %; P < 0.01), secondary to lower limb fat-free mass reduction. Water balance was comparable between the campaigns. No changes were observed in REE and perceived appetite. Exposure to simulated altitude of similar to 4,000 m does not seem to worsen the whole body mass and fat-free mass reductions or alter resting energy expenditure and appetite during a 21-day simulated microgravity.

  • 32. Debevec, Tadej
    et al.
    Keramidas, Michail E.
    Norman, Barbara
    Gustafsson, Thomas
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Acute short-term hyperoxia followed by mild hypoxia does not increase EPO production: resolving the "normobaric oxygen paradox''2012In: European Journal of Applied Physiology, ISSN 1439-6319, E-ISSN 1439-6327, Vol. 112, no 3, p. 1059-1065Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent findings suggest that besides renal tissue hypoxia, relative decrements in tissue oxygenation, using a transition of the breathing mixture from hyperoxic to normoxic, can also stimulate erythropoietin (EPO) production. To further clarify the importance of the relative change in tissue oxygenation on plasma EPO concentration [EPO], we investigated the effect of a consecutive hyperoxic and hypoxic breathing intervention. Eighteen healthy male subjects were assigned to either IHH (N = 10) or CON (N = 8) group. The IHH group breathed pure oxygen (F(i)O(2) ~ 1.0) for 1 h, followed by a 1-h period of breathing a hypoxic gas mixture (F(i)O(2) ~ 0.15). The CON group breathed a normoxic gas mixture (F(i)O(2) ~ 0.21) for the same duration (2 h). Blood samples were taken just before, after 60 min, and immediately after the 2-h exposure period. Thereafter, samples were taken at 3, 5, 8, 24, 32, and 48 h after the exposure. During the breathing interventions, subjects remained in supine position. There were significant increases in absolute [EPO] within groups at 8 and 32 h in the CON and at 32 h only in the IHH group. No significant differences in absolute [EPO] were observed between groups following the intervention. Relative (∆[EPO]) levels were significantly lower in the IHH than in the CON group, 5 and 8 h following exposure. The tested protocol of consecutive hyperoxic-hypoxic gas mixture breathing did not induce [EPO] synthesis stimulation. Moreover, the transient attenuation in ∆[EPO] in the IHH group was most likely due to a hyperoxic suppression. Hence, our findings provide further evidence against the "normobaric O(2) paradox" theory.

  • 33. Debevec, Tadej
    et al.
    McDonnell, Adam C.
    Macdonald, Ian A.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Whole body and regional body composition changes following 10-day hypoxic confinement and unloading-inactivity2014In: Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism, ISSN 1715-5312, E-ISSN 1715-5320, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 386-395Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Future planetary habitats will expose inhabitants to both reduced gravity and hypoxia. This study investigated the effects of short-term unloading and normobaric hypoxia on whole body and regional body composition (BC). Eleven healthy, recreationally active, male participants with a mean (SD) age of 24 (2) years and body mass index of 22.4 (3.2) kg.m(-2) completed the following 3 10-day campaigns in a randomised, cross-over designed protocol: (i) hypoxic ambulatory confinement (HAMB; FIO2 = 0.147 (0.008); PIO2 = 93.8 (0.9) mm Hg), (ii) hypoxic bed rest (HBR; FIO2 = 0.147 (0.008); PIO2 = 93.8 (0.9) mm Hg), and (iii) normoxic bed rest (NBR; FIO2 = 0.209; PIO2 = 133.5 (0.7) mmHg). Nutritional requirements were individually precalculated and the actual intake was monitored throughout the study protocol. Body mass, whole body, and regional BC were assessed before and after the campaigns using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. The calculated daily targeted energy intake values were 2071 (170) kcal for HBR and NBR and 2417 (200) kcal for HAMB. In both HBR and NBR campaigns the actual energy intake was within the targeted level, whereas in the HAMB the intake was lower than targeted (-8%, p < 0.05). Body mass significantly decreased in all 3 campaigns (-2.1%, -2.8%, and -2.0% for HAMB, HBR, and NBR, respectively; p < 0.05), secondary to a significant decrease in lean mass (-3.8%, -3.8%, -4.3% for HAMB, HBR, and NBR, respectively; p < 0.05) along with a slight, albeit not significant, increase in fat mass. The same trend was observed in the regional BC regardless of the region and the campaign. These results demonstrate that, hypoxia per se, does not seem to alter whole body and regional BC during short-term bed rest.

  • 34. Debevec, Tadej
    et al.
    Pialoux, Vincent
    Ehrström, Sabine
    Ribon, Alexandra
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Millet, Gregoire P.
    FemHab: The effects of bed rest and hypoxia on oxidative stress in healthy women2016In: Journal of applied physiology, ISSN 8750-7587, E-ISSN 1522-1601, Vol. 120, no 8, p. 930-938Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Independently, both inactivity and hypoxia augment oxidative stress. This study, part of the FemHab project, investigated the combined effects of bed rest-induced unloading and hypoxic exposure on oxidative stress and antioxidant status. Healthy, eumenorrheic women were randomly assigned to the following three 10-day experimental interventions: normoxic bed rest (NBR; n = 11; PIO2 = 133 mmHg), normobaric hypoxic bed rest (HBR; n = 12; PIO2 = 90 mmHg), and ambulatory hypoxic confinement (HAMB; n = 8: PIO2 = 90 mmHg). Plasma samples, obtained before (Pre), during (D2, D6), immediately after (Post) and 24 h after (Post + 1) each intervention, were analyzed for oxidative stress markers [advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), malondialdehyde (MDA), and nitrotyrosine], antioxidant status [ superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, ferric-reducing antioxidant power (FRAP), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), and uric acid (UA)], NO metabolism end-products (NOx), and nitrites. Compared with baseline, AOPP increased in NBR and HBR on D2 (+ 14%; + 12%; P < 0.05), D6 (+ 19%; + 15%; P < 0.05), and Post (+ 22%; + 21%; P < 0.05), respectively. MDA increased at Post + 1 in NBR (+ 116%; P < 0.01) and D2 in HBR (+114%; P < 0.01) and HAMB (+ 95%; P < 0.05). Nitrotyrosine decreased (-45%; P < 0.05) and nitrites increased (+46%; P < 0.05) at Post + 1 in HAMB only. Whereas SOD was higher at D6 (+ 82%) and Post + 1 (+ 67%) in HAMB only, the catalase activity increased on D6 (128%) and Post (146%) in HBR and HAMB, respectively (P < 0.05). GPX was only reduced on D6 (- 20%; P < 0.01) and Post (- 18%; P < 0.05) in HBR. No differences were observed in FRAP and NOx. UA was higher at Post in HBR compared with HAMB (P < 0.05). These data indicate that exposure to combined inactivity and hypoxia impairs prooxidant/antioxidant balance in healthy women. Moreover, habitual activity levels, as opposed to inactivity, seem to blunt hypoxia-related oxidative stress via antioxidant system upregulation.

  • 35. Debevec, Tadej
    et al.
    Simpson, Elizabeth J.
    Macdonald, Ian A.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology.
    Mekjavic, Igor B.
    Exercise Training during Normobaric Hypoxic Confinement Does Not Alter Hormonal Appetite Regulation2014In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 9, no 6, p. e98874-Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Both exposure to hypoxia and exercise training have the potential to modulate appetite and induce beneficial metabolic adaptations. The purpose of this study was to determine whether daily moderate exercise training performed during a 10-day exposure to normobaric hypoxia alters hormonal appetite regulation and augments metabolic health. Methods: Fourteen healthy, male participants underwent a 10-day hypoxic confinement at,4000 m simulated altitude (FIO2 = 0.139 +/- 0.003%) either combined with daily moderate intensity exercise (Exercise group; N = 8, Age = 25.8 +/- 2.4 yrs, BMI = 22.9 +/- 1.2 kg.m(-2)) or without any exercise (Sedentary group; N = 6 Age = 24.8 +/- 3.1 yrs, BMI = 22.3 +/- 2.5 kg.m(-2)). A meal tolerance test was performed before (Pre) and after the confinement (Post) to quantify fasting and postprandial concentrations of selected appetite-related hormones and metabolic risk markers. C-13-Glucose was dissolved in the test meal and (CO2)-C-13 determined in breath samples. Perceived appetite ratings were obtained throughout the meal tolerance tests. Results: While body mass decreased in both groups (-1.4 kg; p = 0.01) following the confinement, whole body fat mass was only reduced in the Exercise group (-1.5 kg; p = 0.01). At Post, postprandial serum insulin was reduced in the Sedentary group (-49%; p = 0.01) and postprandial plasma glucose in the Exercise group (-19%; p = 0.03). Fasting serum total cholesterol levels were reduced (-12%; p = 0.01) at Post in the Exercise group only, secondary to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol reduction (-16%; p = 0.01). No differences between groups or testing periods were noted in fasting and/or postprandial concentrations of total ghrelin, peptide YY, and glucagon-like peptide-1, leptin, adiponectin, expired (CO2)-C-13 as well as perceived appetite ratings (p>0.05). Conclusion: These findings suggest that performing daily moderate intensity exercise training during continuous hypoxic exposure does not alter hormonal appetite regulation but can improve the lipid profile in healthy young males.

  • 36. Dolenc Grošelj, L
    et al.
    Morrisson, SA
    Mirnik, D
    Korsic, S
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Basic Science and Biomedicine, Environmental Physiology. KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Swedish Aerospace Physiology Centre, SAPC.
    Mekjavic, IB
    PlanHab: Periodic breathing during hypoxic bedrest2015Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 37.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Effects of increased muscle perfusion pressure on responses to dynamic leg exercise in man1988In: European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, ISSN 0301-5548, E-ISSN 1432-1025, Vol. 57, no 6, p. 772-776Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Ventilatory, cardiovascular and metabolic functions and work performance were studied in men performing incremental-load dynamic leg exercise until exhaustion. Part I: Responses to supine exercise were investigated in 8 subjects during exposure of the lower body to subatmospheric pressure at -6.67 kPa (-50 mm Hg) (Lower Body Negative Pressure, LBNP). Due to curtailment of stroke volume, cardiac output was reduced by LBNP over a wide range of work intensities, including heavy loads: ventilation, oxygen uptake and blood lactate concentrations increased with work load, but at lower rates than in the control condition. Part II: In 9 subjects, work performance was compared in three conditions: supine exercise with and without LBNP, and upright exercise. Performance in supine exercise was enhanced by LBNP, and was further improved in upright exercise. In supine exercise, the LBNP-induced reduction in blood lactate and enhancement of work performance are attributed to a more efficient muscle blood flow resulting from increased local perfusion pressure. This strongly suggests that the primary limitation of work performance was set by the peripheral circulation in working muscles rather than by cardiac performance. A similar mechanism may, in part, explain why work performance in dynamic leg exercise was greater in the upright than in the supine posture. It is also concluded that supine leg exercise during LBNP is a useful model of upright exercise, with regard to the central circulation and the circulation in working muscles.

  • 38.
    Eiken, Ola
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Militär verksamhet på höga höjder2011Report (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Responses to changed perfusion pressure in working muscles--factors to be considered in exercise testing in space flights?1989In: The Physiologist, ISSN 0031-9376, E-ISSN 1522-1202, Vol. 32, no 1 Suppl, p. S12-15Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 40.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Responses to dynamic leg exercise in man as influenced by changes in muscle perfusion pressure1987In: Acta Physiologica Scandinavica Supplementum, ISSN 0302-2994, Vol. 566, p. 1-37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The influences of induced alterations in muscle perfusion pressure on the physiological responses to rhythmic exercise in man were investigated. The experiments were carried out in healthy subjects performing leg exercise on a cycle ergometer at light to exhaustive work intensities. Increased muscle perfusion pressure was brought about by exposing the working legs of the supine subject to a subatmospheric pressure of -50 mm Hg (Lower Body Negative Pressure, LBNP), decreased perfusion pressure by instead applying a supraatmospheric pressure of 50 mm Hg (Leg Positive Pressure, LPP). In this way, the perfusion pressure in dynamically exercising large muscle groups could be altered in a controlled fashion. The influences of such manipulation of the perfusion pressure on the physiological adjustments to incremental-load exercise were studied and analysed. The main results and conclusions were as follows: (1) Exercise-induced increases in cardiac output were attenuated by LBNP, an effect caused by curtailment of stroke volume secondary to suction-induced sequestration of blood volume in capacitance vessels not affected by the action of the leg muscle pump. This situation resembles that of dynamic leg exercise in the upright body position. Thus, supine exercise with LBNP at -50 mm Hg seems to be a valid model of upright leg exercise, not only in that it increases perfusion pressure in working muscles but also by causing similar changes in the central circulation as a shift from supine to upright leg exercise. (2) Exercise-induced increases in systolic arterial pressure were markedly exaggerated by LPP, an effect attributable to increased exercise responses in both cardiac output and total peripheral resistance. The exaggerated pressor response supports the notion of a muscle chemoreflex drive in response to flow-restricted exercise tending to reduce the existing flow error. (3) Exercise-induced increases in O2 uptake and blood lactate concentration were both attenuated by LBNP and exaggerated by LPP. The changes in blood lactate levels are attributable to perfusion-pressure dependent variations in muscle blood flow, resulting in opposite changes in the share contributed by anaerobic metabolism to the energy release. Possible explanations for the fact that impaired muscle perfusion was associated with increased O2 uptake at given external work loads are discussed. (4) Exercise-induced responses of the pulmonary ventilation were attenuated by LBNP and markedly exaggerated by LPP.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

  • 41.
    Eiken, Ola
    Karolinska Inst, Swedish Def Res Agcy.
    Simulation of Lunar habitats2009Report (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Bergsten, Eddie
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    G-protection mechanisms afforded by the anti-G suit abdominal bladder with and without pressure breathing.2011In: Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 0095-6562, E-ISSN 1943-4448, Vol. 82, no 10, p. 972-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: G protection afforded by the abdominal bladder of a pneumatic anti-G suit is usually attributed to counteraction of G-induced caudad displacement of the heart and pooling of blood in the abdominal veins. The study examined whether the abdominal bladder might provide G protection also via other mechanisms.

    METHODS: Each subject was exposed to +Gz loads while sitting relaxed, wearing a full-coverage anti-G suit modified to permit separate pressurization of the abdominal and leg bladders. In two experimental series (N = 8, N = 14), subjects were breathing at positive airway pressure (PPB); in a third series, five subjects were breathing at atmospheric airway pressure. Intrathoracic pressures were estimated by use of esophageal catheters.

    RESULTS: During PPB at high G loads, intrathoracic pressure was higher with than without the pressurized abdominal bladder. In 7 of the 14 subjects, basilar intrathoracic pressure exceeded airway pressure during PPB when the abdominal bladder was pressurized. The mean arterial pressure response at high G loads was higher in this subset of subjects (55 +/- 23 mmHg) than in the subjects in whom airway pressure exceeded intrathoracic pressure (41 +/- 27 mmHg). Without PPB at increased G load, the intrathoracic pressure gradient was higher with than without the pressurized abdominal bladder.

    DISCUSSION: During PPB, the abdominal bladder acts as an airway counterpressure, thereby facilitating pressure transmission from the airways to the thorax and hence improving G protection. It also appears that in several individuals, pressure may be transmitted from the abdominal bladder to the thorax and heart.

  • 43.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Bjurstedt, H.
    Cardiac responses to lower body negative pressure and dynamic leg exercise1985In: European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, ISSN 0301-5548, E-ISSN 1432-1025, Vol. 54, no 5, p. 451-455Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cardiac responses to dynamic leg exercise at 0, 50, and 100 W in the supine position were investigated with and without the lower portion of the body exposed to a pressure of -6.6 kPa (Lower Body Negative Pressure, LBNP). Resting values for heart rate (HR) and stroke volume (SV) were considerably higher and lower, respectively, during LBNP than in the control condition. At the transition from rest to the mildest exercise during LBNP SV showed a prompt increase by about 40%, but no significant change in the control condition. HR, which increased by 17 beats X min-1 in the control condition, showed during LBNP no change initially and subsequently a small but significant drop below its resting value. Steady-state values for HR at the various levels of exercise were not significantly affected by LBNP, whereas corresponding values for SV were considerably lowered, so that exercise values for cardiac output were about 3 l X min-1 less during LBNP than in the control condition. The reductions in SV and cardiac output indicate residual pooling of blood in intra- and extramuscular capacitance vessels of the legs. With a change from rest to exercise at 100 W during LBNP mean systolic ejection rate (MSER) increased by 67%, the relations between SV and MSER suggesting that ventricular performance was maintained by a combination of the Frank-Starling mechanism and enhanced contractile strength.

  • 44.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Bjurstedt, H.
    Cardiorespiratory responses to supine leg exercise during lower body negative pressure (LBNP)1987In: The Physiologist, ISSN 0031-9376, E-ISSN 1522-1202, Vol. 30, no 1 Suppl, p. S70-71Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 45.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    Karolinska Institutet.
    Bjurstedt, H.
    Dynamic exercise in man as influenced by experimental restriction of blood flow in the working muscles1987In: Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6772, E-ISSN 1365-201X, Vol. 131, no 3, p. 339-345Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The effects of reduced muscle perfusion pressure on dynamic exercise performance and cardiovascular and respiratory functions were investigated. Eight subjects were studied during supine cycle ergometry at stepwise increasing workloads until exhaustion with and without the legs exposed to a supra-atmospheric pressure of 50 mmHg (Leg Positive Pressure, LPP), a novel and convenient means of reducing the perfusion pressure in the working muscles. In the LPP condition exercise performance was reduced by 40% which, judging from assessments of perceived exertion, was due to premature muscle fatigue, indicating local or overall underperfusion of the working muscles. At any given work load, the arterial pressure response was considerably stronger during LPP than in the control condition. LPP also caused greater increases in blood lactate concentration and pulmonary ventilation, the differences from control increasing with the work load. Furthermore, the ventilatory equivalent for O2 at a given work load was markedly higher in the LPP than in the control condition, while exercise-induced decreases in end-tidal PCO2 were considerably exaggerated by LPP. The augmented pressor response during flow-restricted exercise, together with the strong ventilatory response which was out of proportion to overall O2 uptake, suggests increased activation of muscle chemoreflexes by accumulation of metabolic end products, the increased pressor response tending to reduce the local flow error in the working muscles.

  • 46.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    Simon Fraser University.
    Convertino, V. A.
    Doerr, D. F.
    Dudley, G. A.
    Morariu, G.
    Mekjavic, I. B.
    Characteristics of the carotid baroreflex in man during normal and flow-restricted exercise1992In: Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6772, E-ISSN 1365-201X, Vol. 144, no 3, p. 325-331Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Eight subjects were studied in the supine position at rest, during normal dynamic leg exercise (control exercise) and with blood-flow restriction in the working legs (flow-restricted exercise). Graded muscle blood-flow restriction was accomplished by applying a supra-atmospheric pressure of 50 mmHg to the working legs. During incremental-load exercise, flow restriction reduced exercise performance and peak heart rate by 36% and 13%, respectively. The function of the cardiac branch of the carotid baroreflex was studied over its full operational range, at rest and during constant-load control and flow-restricted exercise, by measuring R-R intervals during application of pulse-synchronous graded pressures (40 to -65 mmHg) in a neck-chamber device. Heart rate and arterial pressure were higher during flow-restricted than control exercise, indicating that the flow restriction activated the muscle chemoreflex. Raising the carotid transmural pressure (systolic arterial pressure minus neck-chamber pressure) was accompanied by increasing R-R intervals in all conditions. The set point (point of baseline carotid transmural pressure and R-R interval) coincided with the midportion of the pressure-response curve at rest and with the threshold point of the curve during exercise. The maximal rate of change in relative R-R intervals and the corresponding carotid transmural pressure range were higher during control exercise than at rest and highest during flow-restricted exercise, indicating that exercise and especially flow-restricted exercise increased carotid baroflex sensitivity, and shifted the carotid baroreflex optimal buffering range to higher pressures. The results suggest that the carotid baroflex attenuates exercise heart rate increases mediated by the muscle chemoreflex and/or by central command.

  • 47.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    Simon Fraser University.
    Convertino, V.A.
    Doerr, D.F.
    Dudley, G.A.
    Morariu, G.
    Mekjavic, I.B.
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    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Danielsson, Ulf
    Hallberg, M.
    Mekjavic, I.
    Kounalakis, S.N.
    Energiomsättning vid simulerad patrullering i mörker2010Report (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology.
    Danielsson, Ulf
    Hallberg, M
    Mekjavic, IB
    Babic, J
    Kounalakis, S
    Energy expenditure during simulated patrol in darkness2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Eiken, Ola
    et al.
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Grönkvist, Mikael
    KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Environmental Physiology (Closed 20130701).
    Signs and symptoms during supra-tolerance +Gz exposures, with reference to G-garment failure.2013In: Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, ISSN 0095-6562, E-ISSN 1943-4448, Vol. 84, no 3, p. 196-205Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: +Gz exposure above the tolerance threshold typically induces a sequence of symptoms/signs, with loss of: peripheral vision, central vision (black out), and consciousness (G-LOC). The aims of this study were to investigate: 1) whether G history influences latent time to, or sequence of, symptoms/signs upon G exposures exceeding the tolerance threshold; and 2) how pilots respond to a sudden loss of pressure in the anti-G garment (AGG) in flight-like scenarios. Methods: There were 14 subjects who were exposed to rapid onset rate +Gz-time profiles, with plateaus 1 and 2 G above the relaxed tolerance level, without initial pressurization of the AGG (NoAGG) and when losing AGG pressure after 10 (AGG_10) and 120 (AGG_120) s at the plateau. Simulated target-chase flights during which AGG pressure was released were performed by seven pilots; the pilot was instructed to behave as during real flight. Results: Latent time to symptoms was shorter at +2 G than at +1 G, and shorter in AGG_10 and AGG_120 than in NoAGG. In AGG_120, 43 and 64% of the subjects experienced serious symptoms (black out, Almost LOC, G-LOC) at +1 and +2 G, respectively, compared to 21 and 54% in AGG_10 and 7 and 29% in NoAGG. The incidence of A-LOC/G-LOC was higher in AGG_10 and especially in AGG_120 than in NoAGG. During the target chase, one pilot did not notice the pressure loss, one experienced G-LOC, and two A-LOC. Discussion: The risk of serious consequences of G exposure exceeding the tolerance level appears to be greater when G-garment failure occurs after a prolonged than after a brief exposure.

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