Respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in the Amazonian oscar, Astronotus ocellatus

Graham R. Scott, Chris M. Wood, Katherine A. Sloman, Fathima I. Iftikar, Gudrun De Boeck, Vera M F Almeida-Val, Adalberto L. Val

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This study determined the respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in oscar, an extremely hypoxia-tolerant Amazonian cichlid. Oscar depressed oxygen consumption rates (over(M, ̇)O2), beginning at a critical O2 tension (Pcrit) of 46 Torr, to only 14% of normoxic rates at 10 Torr. Total ventilation (over(V, ̇)w) increased up to 4-fold, entirely due to a rise in ventilatory stroke volume (no change in ventilatory frequency), and water convection requirement (over(V, ̇)w / over(M, ̇)O2) increased substantially (up to 15-fold). Gill O2 extraction fell steadily, from 60% down to 40%. Although O2 transfer factor (an index of gill O2 diffusion capacity) increased transiently in moderate hypoxia, it decreased at 10 Torr, which may have caused the increased expired-arterial PO2 difference. Venous PO2 was always very low (≤7 Torr). Anaerobic metabolism made a significant contribution to ATP supply, indicated by a 3-fold increase in plasma lactate that resulted in an uncompensated metabolic acidosis. Respiration of isolated gill cells was not inhibited until below 5 Torr; because gill water PO2 always exceeded this value, hypoxic ion flux arrest in oscars [Wood et al., Am. J. Physiol. Reg. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 292, R2048-R2058, 2007] is probably not caused by O2 limitation in ionocytes. We conclude that metabolic depression and tolerance of anaerobic bi-products, rather than a superior capacity for O2 supply, allow oscar to thrive in extreme hypoxia in the Amazon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalRespiratory Physiology and Neurobiology
Volume162
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2008

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Anaerobiosis
Transfer Factor
Cichlids
Convection
Water
Acidosis
Oxygen Consumption
Stroke Volume
Ventilation
Lactic Acid
Respiration
Adenosine Triphosphate
Ions
Hypoxia

Keywords

  • Breathing
  • Cell respiration
  • Fish
  • Gas exchange
  • Gills
  • Metabolic suppression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Scott, G. R., Wood, C. M., Sloman, K. A., Iftikar, F. I., De Boeck, G., Almeida-Val, V. M. F., & Val, A. L. (2008). Respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in the Amazonian oscar, Astronotus ocellatus. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, 162(2), 109-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2008.05.001

Respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in the Amazonian oscar, Astronotus ocellatus. / Scott, Graham R.; Wood, Chris M.; Sloman, Katherine A.; Iftikar, Fathima I.; De Boeck, Gudrun; Almeida-Val, Vera M F; Val, Adalberto L.

In: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, Vol. 162, No. 2, 31.07.2008, p. 109-116.

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Scott, GR, Wood, CM, Sloman, KA, Iftikar, FI, De Boeck, G, Almeida-Val, VMF & Val, AL 2008, 'Respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in the Amazonian oscar, Astronotus ocellatus', Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology, vol. 162, no. 2, pp. 109-116. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resp.2008.05.001
Scott, Graham R. ; Wood, Chris M. ; Sloman, Katherine A. ; Iftikar, Fathima I. ; De Boeck, Gudrun ; Almeida-Val, Vera M F ; Val, Adalberto L. / Respiratory responses to progressive hypoxia in the Amazonian oscar, Astronotus ocellatus. In: Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology. 2008 ; Vol. 162, No. 2. pp. 109-116.
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