A central role for oxygen-sensitive K+ channels and mitochondria in the specialized oxygen-sensing system.


Mammals possess a specialized O2-sensing system (SOS), which compensates for encounters with hypoxia that occur during development, disease, and at altitude. Consisting of the resistance pulmonary arteries (PA), ductus arteriosus, carotid body, neuroepithelial body, systemic arteries, fetal adrenomedullary cell and fetoplacental arteries, the SOS optimizes… (More)