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Roland Pittman


The purpose of this study was to identify the effects of a hemoglobin-based oxygen carrier, HBOC-201, on the cardiovascular system. Systemic cardiovascular parameters of mean arterial pressure (MAP), pulse pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation, as well as vascular resistance, were examined. A murine model of the cardiovascular system and microvasculature was employed. Sprague-Dawley rats (male; 230-530g; N = 13) were anaesthetised and surgically prepared for intravital microscopy of the spinotrapezius muscle. Increasing doses of HBOC-201 (2 mg/kg, 22 mg/kg, 230 mg/kg, and 780 mg/kg) and an iso-oncotic volume control were administered to assess for a dose-response relationship. MAP displayed a significant increase from baseline for both treatment groups, with no significant difference between the two. Arteriolar diameter displayed no changes from baseline, or between treatment groups or across doses. Based on these results, the noted changes in MAP were due to hypervolemia, and not a property of HBOC-201, itself.


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