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Possible Human Endogenous Cryogens

[ Vol. 12 , Issue. 4 ]


Osamu Shido and Naotoshi Sugimoto   Pages 288 - 292 ( 5 )


Anapyrexia, which is a regulated fall in core temperature, is beneficial for animals and humans when the oxygen supply is limited, e.g., hypoxic, ischemic, or histotoxic hypoxia, since at low body temperature the tissues require less oxygen due to Q10. Besides hypoxia, anapyrexia can be induced various exogenous and endogenous substances, named cryogens. However, there are only a few reports investigating endogenous cryogens in mammals. We have experienced one patient who suffered from severe hypothermia. The patient seemed to be excessively producing endogenous peptidergic cryogenic substances the molecular weight of which may be greater than 30 kDa. In animal studies, the patients cryogen appeared to affect metabolic functions, including thermogenic threshold temperatures, and then to produce hypothermia. Since endogenous cryogenic substances may be regarded as useful tool in human activities, e.g., during brain hypothermia therapy or staying in a space station or spaceship, further studies may be needed to identify human endogenous cryogens.


Anapyrexia, poikilothermia, hypothermia, metabolic depression, Cryogens, hypoxia, thermogenic threshold temperatures, antipyretics


Department of Environmental Physiology, School of Medicine, Shimane University, Izumo 693-8501, Japan.

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