Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine

, Volume 120, Issue 6, pp 1189–1192 | Cite as

Effects of adaptation to intermittent hypoxia on oxidative phosphorylation in brain mitochondria of rats with different sensitivities toward oxygen deficiency

  • L. D. Luk'yanova
  • G. N. Chernobaeva
  • V. E. Romanova
General Pathology and Pathological Physiology


After long-term adaptation to intermittent hypoxia, rats with an initially low resistance to acute oxygen deficiency were 2 to 4 times more resistant to it, while highly resistant rats did not show a significant change in resistance. The adaptation was accompanied by weakening of the electron-transporting function of the respiratory chain and increasing efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation in the brain mitochondria oxidizing NAD-dependent substrates, indicating that energy was produced in a more economical way. The succinate oxidase pathway of oxidation was found to be utilized to only a limited extent as a compensatory mechanism in animals exposed to intermittent hypoxia over a prolonged period. The effects of adaptation were more marked in the brain mitochondria of rats initially highly sensitive to oxygen deficiency.

Key Words

adaptation intermittent hypoxia individual resistance brain mitochondria oxidative phosphorylation NADH-oxidase oxidation succinate-oxidase oxidation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. D. Luk'yanova
    • 1
  • G. N. Chernobaeva
    • 1
  • V. E. Romanova
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Bioenergetics, Institute of PharmacologyRussian Academy of Medical SciencesMoscow

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