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ID: 428366.0, MPI für Herz- und Lungenforschung (W. G. Kerckhoff Institut) / Publikationen des W. G. Kerckhoff-Instituts
Regulation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction: basic mechanisms
Authors:Sommer, N.; Dietrich, A.; Schermuly, R. T.; Ghofrani, H. A.; Gudermann, T.; Schulz, R.; Seeger, W.; Grimminger, F.; Weissmann, N.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008
Title of Journal:Eur Respir J
Issue / Number:6
Start Page:1639
End Page:1651
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV), also known as the von Euler-Liljestrand mechanism, is a physiological response to alveolar hypoxia which distributes pulmonary capillary blood flow to alveolar areas of high oxygen partial pressure. Impairment of this mechanism may result in hypoxaemia. Under conditions of chronic hypoxia generalised vasoconstriction of the pulmonary vasculature in concert with hypoxia-induced vascular remodelling leads to pulmonary hypertension. Although the principle of HPV was recognised decades ago, its exact pathway still remains elusive. Neither the oxygen sensing process nor the exact pathway underlying HPV is fully deciphered yet. The effector pathway is suggested to include L-type calcium channels, nonspecific cation channels and voltage-dependent potassium channels, whereas mitochondria and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidases are discussed as oxygen sensors. Reactive oxygen species, redox couples and adenosine monophosphate-activated kinases are under investigation as mediators of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction. Moreover, the role of calcium sensitisation, intracellular calcium stores and direction of change of reactive oxygen species is still under debate. In this context the present article focuses on the basic mechanisms of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and also outlines differences in current concepts that have been suggested for the regulation of hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für physiologische und klinische Forschung
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