It was the aim of this study to investigate the time course of changes in the serum concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) during a regular survival training programme combined with food and fluid deprivation and during a high altitude marathon run. We studied soldiers of the Austrian Special Forces performing survival training at sea-level and marathon runners of the Posta Atletica who crossed the border between Chile and Argentina at altitudes up to 4722 m. Baseline data collected before the 1-week of survival training showed that the soldiers had normal VEGF [n = 8, 246.7 (SD 118.5) pg·ml-1] serum concentrations which remained unchanged during the course of the study. Before the high altitude marathon the subjects showed normal VEGF serum concentrations [178 (SD 84.5) pg.ml-1]. After the run VEGF concentrations were found to be significantly decreased [41.0 (SD 41.6) pg·ml-1, P < 0.01]. It was concluded that prolonged physical stress during normobaric-normoxia did not alter the VEGF concentrations whereas during severe hypobaric-hypoxia decreased VEGF serum concentrations were measured, at least temporarily, after prolonged physical exercise which might have been due to changes in production, release, removal and/or binding of circulating VEGF.
|Journal||European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 05.1999|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)