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Fiziologichnyi Zhurnal

is a scientific journal issued by the

Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology
National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Editor-in-chief: V.F. Sagach

The journal was founded in 1955 as
1955 – 1977 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0015 – 3311)
1978 – 1993 "Fiziologicheskii zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
1994 – 2016 "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 0201 – 8489)
2017 – "Fiziolohichnyi zhurnal" (ISSN 2522-9028)

Fiziol. Zh. 2021; 67(5): 54-63

Oxidative stress as a factor in the deterioration of oxygen transfer during exercise

L.M. Gunina1, I.L. Rybina2, Yu.A. Ataman3, V.L. Voitenko4

  1. Olympic Institute of National University for Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  2. Complex Scientific Group on Scientific and Methodological Support of Belarusian Biathlon Federation, Minsk, Republic of Belarus
  3. Scientific and Methodological Center for Sports Medicine of Sumy State University, Ukraine
  4. Medical Institute of Sumy State University, Ukraine


Blood oxygen transport regulation by physical activity increase within training dynamics is provided with different mechanisms: from the quantitative and qualitative erythron restructure (including endogenous erythropoietin rise and main erythrocyte index shifts) to change in haemoglobin affinity to oxygen, its heterogeneous structure and blood flow growth as a result of endothelium hyperpolarisation. However, the erythrocyte itself remains a key performer in blood velocity control, due to its structure and functions. This review summarizes the data of modern scientific literature on the characteristics of erythrocytes, which make these cells one of the key links in the oxygen transport system of the blood. The focus on this property of erythrocytes during physical activity is based on the fact that the athlete’s muscles must be supplied with enough oxygen to ensure high performance. Specific training and extra-training factors affecting the content of erythrocytes have been determined. The membrane structure is treated as a significant erythrocyte part in determining its deformation and microvascular blood transport. Enzymes associated with the erythrocyte membrane and affecting cell viability and performance are described. Besides, it is stressed on monitoring erythrocyte indices via modern equipment and assessing lipid peroxidation, which leads to disorders in erythrocyte membrane structure and functions.

Keywords: physical activity; erythrocyte; shape; membrane; blood velocity; blood oxygen transport; lipid peroxidation; microcirculation


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