Peak tetanic tension was measured during acidosis resulting from either hypercapnia or repetitive tetanic stimulation in isolated, arterially perfused cat biceps brachii (predominantly fast twitch) or soleus (slow twitch) muscles. Phosphocreatine (PCr), Pi, intracellular pH (pHi), and extracellular pH (pHo) were monitored by 31P-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. During repetitive stimulation under normocapnic conditions (5% CO2, pHo 7.4) Pi increased, pHi decreased from 7.1 to 6.3, and there were significant correlations between both pHi and calculated [H2PO4-] vs. peak tetanic force in both muscle types. However, hypercapnic perfusion (70% CO2, pHo, 6.7, pHi 6.4-6.5) had no effect on peak tetanic force, and there was no significant correlation between pHi or [H2PO4-] during hypercapnia in either muscle. The results indicate that decreased peak tetanic force during repetitive stimulation is not directly due to changes in pHi or diprotonated phosphate.
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