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J Cereb Blood Flow Metab. 1994 May;14(3):503-9.

Role of nitric oxide in regulating cerebrocortical oxygen consumption and blood flow during hypercapnia.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Rockville, Maryland.


The effect of the nitric oxide (NO) synthase inhibitor N omega-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) on the response of cerebrocortical oxygen consumption (CMRO2) and blood flow (CBF) to two levels of hypercapnia (PaCO2 approximately 60 mm Hg and PaCO2 approximately 90 mm Hg) was investigated in ketamine-anesthetized rats. CBF was calculated using the Kety-Schmidt approach and CMRO2 was calculated from the product of CBF and the arteriovenous (superior sagittal sinus) difference for oxygen. L-NAME treatment did not have a significant effect on either CMRO2 or CBF under normocapnic conditions but inhibited the hypercapnic increase of CMRO2 and the hypercapnic increase in CBF. These results suggest that NO plays a role in the response of CMRO2 and CBF during hypercapnia and are consistent with the suggestion that at least part of the increase in CBF observed during hypercapnia is coupled to an increase in CMRO2.

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