Systemic and gut O2 extraction during endotoxemia. Role of nitric oxide synthesis.

Endotoxin administration decreases intrinsic responsiveness of arteries to contractile agonists, both in vivo and in vitro. Endotoxin also impairs systemic and intestinal ability to increase microvascular O2 extraction in response to decreases in O2 delivery. During endotoxemia, contractile responsiveness can be increased by stereospecific inhibitors of… (More)