The effects were examined of 6-month intermittent hypobaric (4000 m) exposure on the antioxidant enzyme systems in soleus and tibialis muscles of rats. At the end of the 6-month experimental exposure, the six rats in both the exposed group and the control group were sacrificed. Immunoreactive mitochondrial superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD) contents were measured as well as the activities of antioxidant enzymes [Mn-SOD, cytosolic SOD (Cu,Zn-SOD), catalase (CAT), and glutathione peroxidase (GPX)]. Thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances (TBARS) were also determined as an indicator of lipid peroxidation. The high altitude exposure resulted in a marked increase in TBARS content in soleus muscle, suggesting increased levels of oxygen free radicals. Conversely, significant decreases in both Mn-SOD content and activity in solens muscle were oted affer exposure. Such trends were not noticed in tibialis muscle. On the other hand, no significant changes in Cu,Zn-SOD, CAT, or GPX were observed in either muscle. These results suggested that the increases in lipid peroxidation were most probably a result of decreased Mn-SOD function which was more depressed in oxidative than in glycolytic muscle.
|ジャーナル||European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology|
|出版ステータス||Published - 1994 9 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health