O2 transport and its interaction with metabolism; a systems view of aerobic capacity.

Abstract

This commentary demonstrates that VO2max depends, in part, on diffusive O2 transport; exercise hyperemia is necessary but not sufficient. Experiments and new mathematical models place the principal site of resistance to O2 diffusion between the surface of a red cell and the sarcolemma. The large drop in PO2 over this short distance is caused by high flux… (More)

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