Pharmacological correction of hypothermic P50 shift does not alter outcome from focal cerebral ischemia in rats


Journal Article

Hypothermia decreases the arterial Po2 at which hemoglobin is 50% saturated (P50), increasing hemoglobin O2-binding affinity. We used RSR13, a synthetic allosteric modifier of hemoglobin that increases P50, to study the role of altered hemoglobin O2-binding affinity in mild hypothermic neuroprotection. RSR13 (150 mg/kg iv) restored P50 to normothermic values. Rats underwent 70 min of middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) at 30.0, 34.0, or 37.5°C with hemoglobin saturation held at 98-100%. The 34.0°C group received RSR13 or vehicle before ischemia. After 7 days of recovery, infarct volumes were reduced in all hypothermic groups, without evidence of a detrimental effect on infarct size or neurological score as a result of P50 correction. To examine for a beneficial effect of P50 correction, ischemia duration was increased to 120 min in rats maintained at 34.0°C. Correction of P50 by RSR13 did not alter cerebral infarct sizes or neurological scores. The decrease in P50, caused by mild hypothermia, could not be associated with infarct size or neurological deficit resulting from ischemic brain hypoxia in rats.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wainwright, MS; Sheng, H; Sato, Y; Burkhard Mackensen, G; Steffen, RP; Pearlstein, RD; Warner, DS

Published Date

  • June 29, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 282 / 5 51-5

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-6135

Citation Source

  • Scopus