Exercise Reduces Diffusion Distances in Skeletal Muscles of Rabbits Fed an Atherogenic Diet

  • E. W. Kanabus
  • A. J. Merola
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 191)


When work demands on skeletal muscles are increased, through exercise or chronic electrical stimulation, metabolic advantage lies in adaptations that shorten or at least maintain diffusion distances for oxygen and other nutrients or metabolites. The growth of new capillaries is one means to achieve this, and the evidence for capillary proliferation in skeletal muscle in response to higher functional demands has been reviewed elsewhere (Hudlicka, 1982).


Diffusion Distance Tibialis Anterior Capillary Density High Cholesterol Diet Sedentary Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. W. Kanabus
    • 1
  • A. J. Merola
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Physiology and Physiological ChemistryOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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