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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-31355

Gassmann, M; Tissot van Patot, M; Soliz, J (2009). The neuronal control of hypoxic ventilation: erythropoietin and sexual dimorphism. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1177:151-161.

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Using mice, we demonstrated that when oxygen supply is lowered, erythropoietin (Epo), the main regulator of red blood cell production, modulates the ventilatory response by interacting with central (brainstem) and peripheral (carotid bodies) respiratory centers. We showed that enhanced Epo levels in the brainstem increased the hypoxic ventilatory response, and that intracerebroventricular injection of an Epo antagonist (soluble Epo receptor) abolished the ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia. More recently, we have found that the impact of Epo on ventilation occurs in a sex-dependent manner. Keeping in mind that women are less susceptible to several respiratory sicknesses and syndromes than men, we suggest that Epo plays a key role in sexually-dimorphic hypoxic ventilation. Accordingly, we foresee that Epo has a potential therapeutic use as treatment for hypoxia-associated ventilatory diseases.


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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
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:18 Feb 2010 15:55
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:57
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.05028.x
PubMed ID:19845617

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