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Respiratory Physiology, Work and Endocrinology Function:

Review the oxygen delivery system as you did for cardiovascular:
Know and explain the following:
Pulmonary ventilation (breathing)

Alveoli exchange of gases between the lungs and blood which is EXTERNAL RESPIRATION
Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide
Capillary gas exchange at tissues which is INTERNAL RESPIRATION

What is very different about the bronchioles in the bronchiole tree when compared to the primary bronchus, secondary bronchus, tertiary bronchus?

What is the conducting zone? Do you know another name for it (i.e. anatomical dead space)? What is the respiratory zone?

Approximately how many alveoli are there in a healthy adult?

Be able to Draw and Explain the main structures of an alveolus including the alveolar macrophage, simple squamous cells and surfactant-secreting cells.

What is the respiratory membrane?

Explain and/or draw Boyle's Law. How is this related to pulmonary ventilation (breathing)?

Explain the mechanics of Inspiration and Expiration: What is happening to the diaphragm and external intercostal muscles? What does it mean that one process is active and the other is passive?

In a deep inspiration and deep expiration, what other muscles are now involved?

How would you describe the diaphragm muscle?

What is a pressure gradient? What is a partial pressure?
Can you calculate a pressure gradient if given two partial pressures? Let’s try.
Calculate the following Pressure gradient: Atmosphere PO2 = 159 mmHg; Alveolar PO2 = 104 mmHG: Pressure gradient =___

Explain/Discuss the following special topics (NOTE: if covered earlier in a previous unit/exam we will NOT have on this exam): Oxygen deficit, EPOC, and Redox Potential (
Refer to other links on our exercise physiology page for more information on Oxygen deficit, EPOC and Redox Potential)
Oxygen deficit and EPOC Link

Redox Potential Link
With Redox potential, to keep glycolysis moving, you want more of what? NAD+ or NADH +H+:
NOTE, this may or may not be covered in this unit and will be only used on a test if covered in this lecture series.

What is the concentration of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon dioxide in atmospheric air? Make sure you know!

What law says partial pressures are proportional to their concentration?

Calculate the partial pressure of Nitrogen, Oxygen and Carbon dioxide. Use standard atmospheric pressure of 760 mmHg. For help go to this link: Partial Pressure Calculation

Now compute this if the atmospheric pressure was 720 mmHg.


Now compute this if the atmospheric pressure was 700 mmHg.


Class Remember: Dalton’s law states: Partial pressure is proportional to its concentration

Gases prefer to go from a 1) higher pressure to lower pressure or, 2) lower pressure to higher pressure?

Where does external respiration take place? Where does internal respiration take place? Which involves the pulmonary circuit and which involves the systemic circuit?

How much O2 (in percent) combines with hemoglobin? Where does the remainder of the oxygen dissolve?

How many hemoglobin molecules on one red blood cell?

Each hemoglobin can carry how many molecules of oxygen? When a hemoglobin is fully loaded it is called what?

The term when oxygen binds to hemoglobin is called what? (oxy-hemoglobin)

If the PO2 is low, will the hemoglobin have less or more oxygen saturation?
If the PO2 is high, will the hemoglobin have less or more oxygen saturation?

What is the name of the graph that depicts the oxygen-hemoglobin relationship.


Please interpret the oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation curve information. If the PO2 is 40 mmHG and the percent saturation of hemoglobin is 75%, how much oxygen has been consumed? Where is the oxygen going? (hint: to the tissues to be used for life processes)

If the PO2 is 20 mmHG and the percent saturation of blood is 35%, how much oxygen has been consumed?
Remember: Focus on percent saturation: if percent saturation is 35%, that means 65% has been consumed: 100%-35%=65%

At the muscle tissue, blood capillary PO2 is 104mmHG and the PO2 in the muscle tissue is 40mmHg. Since O2 is being consumed in the tissues, the red blood cells in the tissue capillaries do what: Unload or Load oxygen? Thus, equilibrium is reached at what PO2?

Muscle tissue PCO2 is 45mmHG and the PCO2 in the blood (mostly red blood cell) is 40mmHG. Since CO2 is being produced in the tissue, the red blood cells in the tissue capillaries do what: Unload or Load CO2? Thus equilibrium is reached at what PCO2?

Important Review again: In the pulmonary circuit, the red blood cells are loading (O2 or CO2) and unloading (O2 or CO2)? In the systemic circuit, the red blood cells are loading (O2 or CO2) and unloading (O2 or CO2)

Once again, what is the name of the respiration process (Internal OR External Respirationj) in the pulmonary circuit? What is the name of the respiration process (Internal or External) in the systemic circuit?

There are FOUR factors we discussed that affect O2 unloading into the tissue capillaries? Make sure you know these very specifically? For instance, is it an increase or decrease in pH that influences O2 unloading. Make sure for each factor you know whether it is an increase or decrease that influences O2 unloading.

What is the name of this SHIFT (named after scientist) of the oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation curve? When affected by any of these factors, what happens to the oxygen-hemoglobin dissociation curve (which way does it shift: right or left)? This ‘shift’ of the curve does what to oxygen dissociation (help load or help unload oxygen)?

There are THREE factors we discussed how CO2 is transported in the blood. What are they?

Practice completing the Pulmonary and Systemic circuit PARTIAL PRESSURES diagram (CLICK HERE), making sure you can label the PO2 and PCO2 as blood travels through the pulmonary and systemic circuit.

What is the Haldane effect?

Asthma Special Topic:
Where in the bronchial tree does asthma have its effect?
Discuss the two factors that occur with asthma at this level of the bronchial tree.

What is the abbreviation for exercise-induced asthma? (EIA)

What is the MAIN difference in exercise-induced asthma and asthma?

When does exercise-induced asthma usually occur?

Neuroendocrine Adaptations to exercise

What does endocrine actually mean?

Make sure you review the main endocrine organs for yourself.

Hormones alter cellular function. The hormone to receptor interaction is called what? (Hormone-receptor complex)

Is it true that each cell has 2,000 to 10,000 receptors? YES

Hormones operate in a negative feedback system. What does this mean?
Be able to explain and/or draw this IMPARIED negative feedback system with a DIABETIC example as done in class!

Insulin sensitivity means: enhanced ability to get glucose into the cell via insulin
Insulin resistance means: decreased ability to get glucose into the cell via insulin.

What is the name of the protein that translocates glucose into the muscle cell?

What does growth hormone do to fat metabolism and the lipase enzymes. Does it do anything to carbohydrate metabolism.

Review the Steps of how ADH works to return the body to normal hydration. CLICK HERE

Class Review very closely the hormones involved with plasma glucose. How much can these hormones increase glucose in short burst exercise?

Hormone regulation of fat metabolism is focused on the hormone reaction with the HSL (hormone sensitive lipase) enzyme. What are the four hormones (that increase fatty acid oxidxation) we discussed.

Discuss the role of the following hormones involved in exercise: growth hormone, ADH, epinephrine, norepinephrine, aldosterone, cortisol.

In lecture we discussed that cortisol will somtimes promote protein catabolism (i.e., inhibit the synthesis of protein). Under what condition will this occur: when the body is HIGH in CHO (specifically glycogen and glucose0 or LOW in CHO?

So with exercise over a period of time, does insulin elevate or decrease?..................................................................................it decreases!

Why does insulin responds the way it does to exercise ? (Hint, do contracting muscles independently help glucose uptake into the muscle cells without the need for insulin...yes they do? Also, how does epinephrine and norepinephrine effect insulin during endurance exercise...does it impair the release of insulin from the pancreas, thus lowering levels...that is correct.)

CLASS: Energy and Work calculations AND LECTURE
(Class, The NEXT Section is sometimes (time permitting) Covered BEFORE OR AFTER the Respiratory Physiology and Endocrinology. However, these calculations and section are NOT on the exam!)

Energy Work and Power Lecture

How do we determine how much work is performed with exercise?

What are we expressing with work?

What are some examples of units that describe exercise intensity?

What is the 1st Law of Thermodynamics?

What is calorimetry?

Is VO2 an indirect or direct measure of energy?

Why is there more energy from fat metabolism?

What is a MET? How do you calculate a MET from a given VO2?

Math Converstions
7 miles equal how many km?

10 miles equal how many km?

8 METs equal what VO2?

30 ml O2/kg/min equal how many METs?

40 ml O2/kg/min equal how many METs?

Be able to estimate a person’s resting VO2 if given their weight in kg

A person weighs 70 kg. What is his/her resting VO2? What is the kcal/ min?

Can you calculate how many miles per hour a person is walking if given the following: A person walks 2 miles in 30 minutes?

Can you calculate how many miles per hour a person is walking if given the following: A person walks 1 miles in 16 minutes?