Effect of prolonged exposure to 0.5% CO2 on kidney calcification and ultrastructure of lungs

Undersea Biomed Res. 1979;6 Suppl:S155-61.


Guinea pigs were exposed for up to 8 weeks to 0.5% CO2, 21% O2, and balance N2. Control groups of the same age were kept simultaneously in environmental chambers on air. A slight increase in PaCO2 and decrease in pH were observed at various periods of exposure to 0.5% CO2. After eight weeks of exposure, an increased kidney calcification, indicated by increased kidney calcium content, was found. Plasma calcium was significantly elevated at this point, apparently because of the release of calcium from bone. After 8 weeks of recovery on air that followed 8 weeks of exposure to 0.5% CO2, values had returned to control levels. No significant ultrastructural changes were found in the lungs after 4, 6, and 8 weeks of exposure to 0.5% CO2.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bone and Bones / analysis
  • Calcium / metabolism
  • Carbon Dioxide / pharmacology*
  • Electrolytes / blood
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Kidney / analysis
  • Lung / drug effects
  • Nephrocalcinosis / chemically induced*
  • Pulmonary Alveoli / ultrastructure*


  • Electrolytes
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Calcium