Respiration of Heart Muscle as Affected by Oxygen Tension

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Science  19 Jul 1963:
Vol. 141, Issue 3577, pp. 274-275
DOI: 10.1126/science.141.3577.274


Isolated cat papillary muscles were exposed to gas mixtures containing carbon dioxide and oxygen. In muscles exposed during the second of three periods to 25 percent oxygen, the volume of oxygen consumed (Qo2) was depressed by 50 percent, but returned to the control level during a third period at 98 percent oxygen. The work capacity was not significantly altered if the partial pressure of oxygen was low.