Respiration of chemodenervated goats in acute metabolic acidosis

Respiration Physiology
R A SteinbrookV Fencl


In awake goats before and after ablation of carotid bodies (CBx) we studied the effect of acute metabolic acidosis (AMA) produced by intravenous infusion of HCl on composition of arterial blood and CSF, and on ventilatory responsiveness to hyperoxic CO2 rebreathing AMA caused decrease in PaCO2 (breathing air at rest) indicating that alveolar ventilation was increased relative to CO2 production; position of CO2 response curves was shifted toward lower values of PCO2. These changes were similar before and after CBx, though the levels of PCO2 in arterial blood during air breathing at rest, and in expired gas at a given level of ventilation during CO2 rebreathing, were higher after CBx. We conclude that a respiratory adaptation to AMA does occur in goats deprived of peripheral chemoreceptors, and is probably mediated by the central chemoreceptors.


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