Spontaneous Fluctuations of PO2 in the Rabbit Somatosensory Cortex

  • Robert A. LinsenmeierEmail author
  • Daniil P. Aksenov
  • Holden M. Faber
  • Peter Makar
  • Alice M. Wyrwicz
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 876)


In many tissues, PO2 fluctuates spontaneously with amplitudes of a few mmHg. Here we further characterized these oscillations. PO2 recordings were made from the whisker barrel cortex of six rabbits with acutely or chronically placed polarographic electrodes. Measurements were made while rabbits were awake and while anesthetized with isoflurane, during air breathing, and during 100 % oxygen inspiration. In awake rabbits, 90 % of the power was between 0 and 20 cycles per minute (cpm), not uniformly distributed over this range, but with a peak frequently near 10 cpm. This was much slower than heart or respiratory rhythms and is similar to the frequency content observed in other tissues. During hyperoxia, total power was higher than during air-breathing, and the dominant frequencies tended to shift toward lower values (0–10 cpm). These observations suggest that at least the lower frequency fluctuations represent efforts by the circulation to regulate local PO2. There were no consistent changes in total power during 0.5 or 1.5 % isoflurane anesthesia, but the power shifted to lower frequencies. Thus, both hyperoxia and anesthesia cause characteristic, but distinct, changes in spontaneous fluctuations. These PO2 fluctuations may be caused by vasomotion, but other factors cannot be ruled out.


Oxygen Cerebral cortex Vasomotion Rabbit Anesthesia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert A. Linsenmeier
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Daniil P. Aksenov
    • 4
  • Holden M. Faber
    • 1
    • 5
  • Peter Makar
    • 1
  • Alice M. Wyrwicz
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurobiologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.Department of OphthalmologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  4. 4.NorthShore University HealthSystemEvanstonUSA
  5. 5.Department of Engineering Sciences and Applied MathematicsNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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