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Metabolic-vascular coupling in skeletal muscle: a potential role for capillary pericytes?


Attrill, E and Ramsay, C and Ross, R and Richards, S and Sutherland, BA and Keske, MA and Eringa, E and Premilovac, D, Metabolic-vascular coupling in skeletal muscle: a potential role for capillary pericytes?, Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 47, (3) pp. 520-528. ISSN 0305-1870 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/1440-1681.13208


The matching of capillary blood flow to metabolic rate of the cells within organs and tissues is a critical microvascular function which ensures appropriate delivery of hormones and nutrients, and the removal of waste products. This relationship is particularly important in tissues where local metabolism, and hence capillary blood flow, must be regulated to avoid a mismatch between nutrient demand and supply that would compromise normal function. The consequences of a mismatch in microvascular blood flow and metabolism are acutely apparent in the brain and heart, where a sudden cessation of blood flow, for example following an embolism, acutely manifests as stroke or myocardial infarction. Even in more resilient tissues such as skeletal muscle, a short-term mismatch reduces muscle performance and exercise tolerance, and can cause intermittent claudication. In the longer-term, a microvascular-metabolic mismatch in skeletal muscle reduces insulin-mediated muscle glucose uptake, leading to disturbances in whole body metabolic homeostasis. While the notion that capillary blood flow is fine tuned to meet cellular metabolism is well-accepted, the mechanisms that control this function and where and how different parts of the vascular tree contribute to capillary blood flow regulation remains poorly understood. Here, we discuss the emerging evidence implicating pericytes, mural cells that surround capillaries, as key mediators that match tissue metabolic demand with adequate capillary blood flow in a number of organs, including skeletal muscle.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:capillary blood flow, microvasculature, pericytes, skeletal muscle
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical physiology
Research Field:Systems physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biomedical and clinical sciences
UTAS Author:Attrill, E (Ms Emily Attrill)
UTAS Author:Ramsay, C (Mr Ciaran Ramsay)
UTAS Author:Ross, R (Dr Renee Ross)
UTAS Author:Richards, S (Dr Stephen Richards)
UTAS Author:Sutherland, BA (Associate Professor Brad Sutherland)
UTAS Author:Premilovac, D (Dr Dino Premilovac)
ID Code:135791
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-11-14
Last Modified:2020-06-10
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