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Interactions of acid-base balance and hematocrit regulation during environmental respiratory gas challenges in developing chicken embryos (Gallus gallus)


Burggren, WW and Andrewartha, SJ and Tazawa, H, Interactions of acid-base balance and hematocrit regulation during environmental respiratory gas challenges in developing chicken embryos (Gallus gallus), Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 183, (2) pp. 135-148. ISSN 1569-9048 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.resp.2012.06.011


How the determinants of hematocrit (Hct) – alterations in mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and/or red blood cell concentration ([RBC]) – are influenced by acid–base balance adjustments across development in the chicken embryo is poorly understood. We hypothesized, based on oxygen transport needs of the embryos, that Hct will increase during 1 day of hypercapnic hypoxia (5%CO2, 15%O2) or hypoxia alone (0%CO2, 15%O2), but decrease in response to hyperoxia (0%CO2, 40%O2). Further, age-related differences in acid–base disturbances and Hct regulation may arise, because the O2 transport and hematological regulatory systems are still developing in embryonic chickens. Our studies showed that during 1 day of hypoxia (with or without hypercapnia) Hct increased through both increased MCV and [RBC] in day 15 (d15) embryo, but only through increased MCV in d17 embryo and therefore enhancement of O2 transport was age-dependent. Hypercapnia alone caused a ∼14% decrease in Hct through decreased [RBC] and therefore did not compensate for decreased blood oxygen affinity resulting from the Bohr shift. The 11% (d15) and 14% (d17) decrease in Hct during hyperoxia in advanced embryos was because of an 8% and 9% decrease, respectively, in [RBC], coupled with an associated 3% and 5% decrease in MCV. Younger, d13 embryos were able to metabolically compensate for respiratory acidosis induced by hypercapnic hypoxia, and so were more tolerant of disturbances in acid–base status induced via alterations in environmental respiratory gas composition than their more advanced counterparts. This counter-intuitive increased tolerance likely results from the relatively low O2 and immature physiological functions of younger embryos.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental gas challenges - hypercapnia, hypercapnic hypoxia, hypoxia and hyperoxia, acid–base balance - disturbances and metabolic compensation, hematocrit - regulation, hematological respiratory variables
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Zoology
Research Field:Animal developmental and reproductive biology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Andrewartha, SJ (Dr Sarah Andrewartha)
ID Code:131593
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Agriculture and Food Systems
Deposited On:2019-03-26
Last Modified:2019-05-23

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