Molecular dimensions of Hb-based O2 carriers determine constriction of resistance arteries and hypertension

Hiromi Sakai, Hiroyuki Hara, Minako Yuasa, Amy G. Tsai, Shinji Takeoka, Eishun Tsuchida*, Marcos Intaglietta


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The effect of molecular dimension of hemoglobin (Hb)-based O2 carriers on the diameter of resistance arteries (A0, 158 ± 21 μm) and arterial blood pressure were studied in the conscious hamster dorsal skinfold model. Cross-linked Hb (XLHb), polyethylene glycol (PEG)-conjugated Hb, hydroxyethylstarch-conjugated XLHb, polymerized XLHb, and PEG-modified Hb vesicles (PEG-HbV) were synthesized. Their molecular diameters were 7, 22, 47, 68, and 224 nm, respectively. The bolus infusion of 7 ml/kg of XLHb (5 g/dl) caused an immediate hypertension (+34 ± 13 mmHg at 3 h) with a simultaneous decrease in A0 diameter (79 ± 8% of basal value) and a blood flow decrease throughout the microvascular network. The diameter of smaller arterioles did not change significantly. Infusion of larger O2 carriers resulted in lesser vasoconstriction and hypertension, with PEG-HbV showing the smallest changes. Constriction of resistance arteries was found to be correlated with the level of hypertension, and the responses were proportional to the molecular dimensions of the O2 carriers. The underlying mechanism is not evident from these experiments; however, it is likely that the effects are related to the diffusion properties of the different Hb molecules.

ジャーナルAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
3 48-3
出版ステータスPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 生理学
  • 循環器および心血管医学
  • 生理学(医学)


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