Environmental and respiratory physiology


The lab explores the hypoxia-hyperoxia modifications in cells, animals and humans. Research areas of interest include respiratory mechanics and cardiovascular adaptations in diving, metabolic disorders and environmental stress on exercise-induced oxygen toxicity.

Clinical areas of interest are the safety of human performance in extreme environments and peri-operative quality of care in orthopedic, vascular and surgical patients. Using small experimental chambers and clinical ones the lab aims to elucidate the mechanism of action of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Recently, we are observing the link among oxygen reactive species, ischemia and bone remodeling on cells and in patients.

Five recent publications

Rubini A, El-Mazloum D, Morra F, Bosco G. (2013) The effect of body cooling on respiratory system mechanics and hysteresis in rats. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. Jul 1;189(1):52-58.

Vezzani, G., Quartesan, S., Cancellara, P., Camporesi, E., Mangar, D., Bernasek, T., Rizzato A & Bosco, G. (2017). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy modulates serum OPG/RANKL in femoral head necrosis patients. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry, 32(1), 707-711.

Bosco G, Rizzato A, Martani L, Schiavo S, Talamonti E, Garetto G, Paganini M, Camporesi EM, Moon RE. Arterial Blood Gas Analysis in Breath-Hold Divers at Depth. Front Physiol. 2018 Nov 5;9:1558. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2018.01558.

Bosco, G., Rizzato, A., Quartesan, S., Camporesi, E., Mangar, D., Paganini, M., ... & Paoli, A. (2018). Effects of the Ketogenic diet in overweight divers breathing Enriched Air Nitrox. Scientific reports, 8(1), 2655

Bosco G, Vezzani G, Mrakic Sposta S, Rizzato A, Enten G, Abou-Samra A, Malacrida S, Quartesan S, Vezzoli A, Camporesi E. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy ameliorates osteonecrosis in patients by modulating inflammation and oxidative stress. J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem. 2018 Dec;33(1):1501-1505. doi: 10.1080/14756366.2018.1485149.