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What is the total body fluid made up of?

Intracellular fluid (2/3rds) and extracellular fluid (1/3rd)


What makes up the extracellular fluid?

Plasma volume + interstitial fluid volume


What happens if the plasma volume falls?

Compensatory mechanisms shifts fluid from the interstitial compartment to the plasma compartment


What are the 2 main factors that affect extracellular fluid volume?

Water excess or deficitNa+ excess or deficit


How does the body control the extracellular fluid volume (water excess/ deficit and Na+ excess and deficit) therefore controlling MAP? (2)

Hormones act as effectors to regulate the extracellular fluid volume (including plasma volume) by regulating the water and salt balance in our bodiesHealthy people stay in a stable water and salt balance, where water input = water output


What 3 hormones/ systems regulate extracellular fluid volume?

The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone systemAtrial natriuretic peptide (ANP)Antidiuretic hormone (arginine vasopressin) -ADH


What are the 3 important components of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (system helps to regulate plasma volume and TPR ad hence the regulation of MAP)?



Where is renin released?What does it do?

KidneyStimulates the formation of angiotensin I in the blood from angiotensinogen (produced by the liver)


What happens to angiotensin I once it is produced?

It is converted to angiotensin II by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) which is produced in the pulmonary vascular endothelium


What does angiotensin II do?

Stimulates the release of aldosterone from the adrenal cortexCauses vasoconstriction (increases TPR and therefore BP)Causes increased ADH release and increased thirst (Increased plasma volume = increased BP)


When is renin released form the kidney?

When plasma volume drops causing a drop in blood pressure


What effects does aldosterone have?

Causes increased sodium and water reabsorption in the kidneysCauses an increased plasma volumeCauses an increased blood pressure


What is the rate limiting step in the RAAS?

Renin secretion


What 3 factors cause renin release?

Renal artery hypotension (caused by systemic hypotension)Stimulation of renal sympathetic nervesDecreased [Na+] in renal tubular fluid (sensed by macula densa)


what in the renal tubules senses decreased [Na+]?

Macula densa


What synthesis and stores the atrial natriuretic peptide?

28 amino acid peptide synthesised and stored by atrial muscle cells


When is atrial natriuretic peptide released?

In response to atrial distensionCauses excretion of salt and water in the kidneys thereby reducing blood volume and blood pressureActs as a vasodilatorDecreases renin release


What is another name for ADH?



Where is ADH synthesised and stored?

Synthesised by the hypothalmus and stored in the posterior pituitary


What stimulates secretion of ADH?

Reduced extracellular fluid volumeIncreased extracellular fluid osmolarity (main stimulus)


How is plasma osmolarity monitored?

By osmoreceptors mainly in the brain in close proximity to the hypothalamus - increased plasma osmolarity will stimulate release of ADH


Where does ADH act?

In the kidney tubules to increase the reabsorption of waterThis leads to an increase in extracellular and plasma volume and hence cardiac output and blood pressureADH also acts on blood vessels to cause vasoconstriction


What is short term moment to moment control of MAP achieved rapidly by?

Baroreceptors reflex


What is long term control of MA achieved by?

Control of blood volumes by hormones