The effect of hyperbaric hyperoxia on brain function in the newborn dog in vivo

Esther Yoles, Yehuda Zurovsky, Nili Zarchin, Avraham Mayevsky

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Age is a natural factor that has been found to significantly affect sensitivity to hyperbaric hyperoxia (HBO). Exposure to HBO may lead to damages in the energy metabolism of the brain cells. The aim of this study was to test the effect of HBO on the metabolic, hemodynamic and electrical activities in the newborn dog. The study was performed using one-day- to 70- day-old puppies. The puppies were placed in a pressure chamber. The pressure of pure O2 in the chamber was raised by 5 atmospheres (ATA, 75 psi = 6 ATA) within 10 min. The first biochemical change to take place during HBO was oxidation of mitochondrial NADH. The age of the puppy was found to affect the time to the initiation of seizures. In the puppies under the age of 24 days, the average time was 35.1 ± 5.9 min. In the puppies of 24 days old and older, the average time was 5.1 ± 0.8 min. In the younger puppies, there was a later occurrence of blood vessel contractions and a longer life span compared to the older puppies. The comparison between the puppies of different ages during exposure to HBO showed differences in the metabolic response, hemodynamic changes and electrical activity. These differences can partially explain the higher resistance in the younger puppies to HBO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000


  • ECoG
  • Hyperbaric hyperoxia
  • NADH redox state
  • Newborn dog


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