MODELING THE EFFECTS OF HYPOXIA ON ATP TURNOVER IN EXERCISING MUSCLE

Peter Arthur, MC HOGAN, DE BEBOUT, PD WAGNER, PW Hochachka

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Abstract

Most models of metabolic control concentrate on the regulation of ATP production and largely ignore the regulation of ATP demand. We describe a model, based on the results of Hogan et al. (J. Appl. Physiol. 73: 728-736, 1992), that incorporates the effects of ATP demand. The model is developed from the premise that a unique set of intracellular conditions can be measured at each level of ATP turnover and that this relationship is best described by energetic state. Current concepts suggest that cells are capable of maintaining oxygen consumption in the face of declines in the concentration of oxygen through compensatory changes in cellular metabolites. We show that these compensatory changes can cause significant declines in ATP demand and result in a decline in oxygen consumption and ATP turnover. Furthermore we find that hypoxia does not directly affect the rate of anaerobic ATP synthesis and associated lactate production. Rather, lactate production appears to be related to energetic state, whatever the PO2. The model is used to describe the interaction between ATP demand and ATP supply in determining final ATP turnover.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-742
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Volume73
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1992

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