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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-18737

Heinicke, I; Boehler, A; Rechsteiner, T; Bogdanova, A; Jelkmann, W; Hofer, M; Rawlings, P; Araneda, O F; Behn, C; Gassmann, M; Heinicke, K (2009). Moderate altitude but not additional endurance training increases markers of oxidative stress in exhaled breath condensate. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 106(4):599-604.

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Oxidative stress occurs at altitude, and physical exertion might enhance this stress. In the present study, we investigated the combined effects of exercise and moderate altitude on redox balance in ten endurance exercising biathletes, and five sedentary volunteers during a 6-week-stay at 2,800 m. As a marker for oxidative stress, hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) was analyzed by the biosensor measuring system Ecocheck, and 8-iso prostaglandin F2alpha (8-iso PGF2alpha) was determined by enzyme immunoassay in exhaled breath condensate (EBC). To determine the whole blood antioxidative capacity, we measured reduced glutathione (GSH) enzymatically using Ellman's reagent. Exercising athletes and sedentary volunteers showed increased levels of oxidative markers at moderate altitude, contrary to our expectations; there was no difference between both groups. Therefore, all subjects' data were pooled to examine the oxidative stress response exclusively due to altitude exposure. H(2)O(2) levels increased at altitude and remained elevated for 3 days after returning to sea level (p </= 0.05). On the other hand, 8-iso PGF2alpha levels showed a tendency to increase at altitude, but declined immediately after returning to sea level (p </= 0.001). Hypoxic exposure during the first day at altitude resulted in elevated GSH levels (p </= 0.05), that decreased during prolonged sojourn at altitude (p </= 0.001). In conclusion, a stay at moderate altitude for up to 6 weeks increases markers of oxidative stress in EBC independent of additional endurance training. Notably, this oxidative stress is still detectable 3 days upon return to sea level.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Veterinary Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Cardiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Date:11 July 2009
Deposited On:03 Jun 2009 12:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:14
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s00421-009-1014-9
PubMed ID:19363619

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