We develop a pseudo-3D model of oxygen transport for the renal cortex of the rat, incorporating both the axial and radial geometry of the pre-glomerular circulation and quantitative information regarding the surface areas and transport from the vasculature and renal corpuscles. The computational model was validated by simulating four sets of published experimental studies of renal oxygenation in rats. Under the control conditions, the predicted cortical tissue oxygen tension (PtO2) or microvascular oxygen tension (µPO2) were within ± 1 standard error of the mean value (SEM) observed experimentally. The predicted PtO2 or µPO2 in response to ischemia-reperfusion injury, acute hemodilution, blockade of nitric oxide synthase, or uncoupling mitochondrial respiration, were within ± 2 SEM observed experimentally. We performed a sensitivity analysis of the key model parameters to assess their individual or combined impact on the predicted PtO2 and µPO2. The model parameters were: (i) the major determinants of renal oxygen delivery (DO2; arterial blood PO2 (PaO2), hemoglobin concentration (Hb) and renal blood flow (RBF)), (ii) the major determinants of renal oxygen consumption (VO2; glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and the efficiency of oxygen utilization for sodium reabsorption (β)) and (iii) peritubular capillary surface area (PCSA). Reductions in PCSA were found to profoundly increase the sensitivity of PtO2 and µPO2 to the major the determinants of DO2 and VO2. The increasing likelihood of hypoxia with decreasing PCSA provides a potential explanation for the increased risk of acute kidney injury in some experimental animals and for patients with acute and chronic kidney disease.
- acute kidney injury
- capillary rarefaction
- chronic kidney disease
- oxygen tension
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