Relationship between mitochondrial haplogroup and physiological responses to hypobaric hypoxia

Midori Motoi, Takayuki Nishimura, Yuka Egashira, Fumi Kishida, Shigeki Watanuki

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    We aimed to investigate the relationship between mtDNA polymorphism and physiological responses to hypobaric hypoxia. The study included 28 healthy male students, consisting of 18 students in haplogroup D and 10 in haplogroup M7+G. Measurement sensors were attached to the participants for approximately 30 min in an environment with a temperature of 28 °C. After resting for 15 min, the programmed operation of the hypobaric chamber decreased the atmospheric pressure by 11.9 Torr every minute to simulate an increase in altitude of 150 m until 9.7 Torr (equivalent to 2500 m) and then decreased 9.7 Torr every minute until 465 Torr (equivalent to 4000 m). At each altitude, the pressure was maintained for 15 min and various measurements were taken. Haplogroup D showed higher SpO 2 (p < 0.05) and significantly higher SpO 2 during the pressure recovery period when compared with haplogroup M7+G. The distal skin temperature was higher in haplogroup D when compared with M7+G. These results suggested that haplogroup D maintained SpO 2 at a higher level with higher peripheral blood flow during acute hypobaric exposure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number12
    JournalJournal of physiological anthropology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 13 2016

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • Physiology
    • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
    • Anthropology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Physiology (medical)


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