Influence of intermittent hypoxia interval training on exercise-dependent erythrocyte NOS activation and blood pressure in diabetic patients

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NOS-activation in erythrocytes (eryNOS) is impaired in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes. We investigated the effect of physical exercise on eryNOS activation and whether 6 week hypoxia interval training may alter this process. Male patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 (NIDDM, n = 12; age, 61.3 ± 8.4 years; BMI, 29.8 ± 3.7 kg/m(2)) underwent physical exercise training before and after 6 week hypoxia interval training. Training was conducted 4 times per week for 90 min at 15.4-12.7 Vol% of inspired oxygen. Vital parameters were recorded. Before hypoxia intervention, eryNOS phosphorylation at serine(1177) decreased significantly during exercise (basal 17.4 ± 12.0 compared with exercise 8.4 ± 9.2 arbitrary grey values (arGV); P < 0.05). After 6 weeks of hypoxia intervention, eryNOS-pSer(1177) (2.2 ± 2.5 arGV) was significantly lower at baseline. Ergometry showed an increase (7.6 ± 3.0 arGV; P < 0.05) followed by a decrease to almost baseline levels after 30 min (3.8 ± 1.5 arGV). Maximal exercise capacity and O(2)-uptake ([Formula: see text]  max) increased significantly. The effects were independent from exercise-induced elevation of blood pressure. Exercise-dependent eryNOS phosphorylation at serine(1177) was increased similar to that described for the endothelium in diabetic patients. EryNOS dysregulation was partially restored after intermittent hypoxia training.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian journal of physiology and pharmacology
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)1591-1598
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2012

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