Journal article

The ventilatory response to hypoxia and hypercapnia is absent in the neonatal fat-tailed dunnart

Shannon J Simpson, Angelina Y Fong, Kevin J Cummings, Peter B Frappell

Journal of Experimental Biology | COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

At birth, the newborn fat-tailed dunnart relies on cutaneous gas exchange to meet metabolic demands, with continuous lung ventilation emerging several days later. We hypothesised that the delayed expression of lung ventilation (V(E)) in these animals is in part due to a low responsiveness of the respiratory control system to blood gas perturbations. To address this hypothesis, we assessed the ventilatory and metabolic response to hypoxia (10% O(2)) and hypercapnia (5% CO(2)) using closed-system respirometry from birth to 23 days postpartum (P). Neonatal fat-tailed dunnarts displayed no significant hypoxic or hypercapnic ventilatory responses at any age. Regardless, significant hyperventilati..

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