Effect of body temperature on ventilatory control in the alligator.

  title={Effect of body temperature on ventilatory control in the alligator.},
  author={Dr Gerald G. Davies and Jamie Lee Thomas and Esme L. Smith},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology: respiratory, environmental and exercise physiology},
  volume={52 1},
Pulmonary ventilation and arterial blood acid-base balance were measured in six unanesthetized alligators, Alligator mississipiensis, at 15, 25, and 35 degree C. The animals exhibited pronounced ventilatory responses to hypercapnia at all temperatures studied. Arterial PCO2 increased and pH decreased with increases in body temperature during both normocapnia and hypercapnia. The fractional dissociation of imidazole (alpha Pr) remained constant with changes in body temperature during normocapnia… CONTINUE READING


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