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Effect of acute exposure to hypergravity (GX vs. GZ) on dynamic cerebral autoregulationWe examined the effects of 30 min of exposure to either +3GX (front-to-back) or +GZ (head-to-foot) centrifugation on cerebrovascular responses to 80 degrees head-up tilt (HUT) in 14 healthy individuals. Both before and after +3 GX or +3 GZ centrifugation, eye-level blood pressure (BP(eye)), end tidal PCO2 (PET(CO2)), mean cerebral flow velocity (CFV) in the middle cerebral artery (transcranial Doppler ultrasound), cerebral vascular resistance (CVR), and dynamic cerebral autoregulatory gain (GAIN) were measured with subjects in the supine position and during subsequent 80 degrees HUT for 30 min. Mean BP(eye) decreased with HUT in both the GX (n = 7) and GZ (n = 7) groups (P < 0.001), with the decrease being greater after centrifugation only in the GZ group (P < 0.05). PET(CO2) also decreased with HUT in both groups (P < 0.01), but the absolute level of decrease was unaffected by centrifugation. CFV decreased during HUT more significantly after centrifugation than before centrifugation in both groups (P < 0.02). However, these greater decreases were not associated with greater increases in CVR. In the supine position after centrifugation compared with before centrifugation, GAIN increased in both groups (P < 0.05, suggesting an autoregulatory deficit), with the change being correlated to a measure of otolith function (the linear vestibulo-ocular reflex) in the GX group (r = 0.76, P < 0.05) but not in the GZ group (r = 0.24, P = 0.60). However, GAIN was subsequently restored to precentrifugation levels during postcentrifugation HUT (i.e., as BP(eye) decreased), suggesting that both types of centrifugation resulted in a leftward shift of the cerebral autoregulation curve. We speculate that this leftward shift may have been due to vestibular activation (especially during +GX) or potentially to an adaptation to reduced cerebral perfusion pressure during +GZ.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Serrador, J. M.
(School of Kinesiology, The University of Western Ontario London, Ontario, Canada N6A 3K7)
Wood, S. J.
Picot, P. A.
Stein, F.
Kassam, M. S.
Bondar, R. L.
Rupert, A. H.
Schlegel, T. T.
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 2001
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)
Volume: 91
Issue: 5
ISSN: 8750-7587
Subject Category
Aerospace Medicine
Distribution Limits
NASA Discipline Neuroscience
Clinical Trial

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