Lactate is released and taken up by isolated rabbit vagus nerve during aerobic metabolism

Véga, C., Poitry-Yamate, C. L., Jirounek, P., Tsacopoulos, M. and Coles, J. A. (1998) Lactate is released and taken up by isolated rabbit vagus nerve during aerobic metabolism. Journal of Neurochemistry, 71(1), pp. 330-337. (doi: 10.1046/j.1471-4159.1998.71010330.x)

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Abstract

To determine if lactate is produced during aerobic metabolism in peripheral nerve, we incubated pieces of rabbit vagus nerve in oxygenated solution containing d-[U-14C]glucose while stimulating electrically. After 30 min, nearly all the radioactivity in metabolites in the nerve was in lactate, glucose 6-phosphate, glutamate, and aspartate. Much lactate was released to the bath: 8.2 pmol (µg dry wt)−1 from the exogenous glucose and 14.2 pmol (µg dry wt)−1 from endogenous substrates. Lactate release was not increased when bath Po2 was decreased, indicating that it did not come from anoxic tissue. When the bath contained [U-14C]lactate at a total concentration of 2.13 mM and 1 mM glucose, 14C was incorporated in CO2 and glutamate. The initial rate of formation of CO2 from bath lactate was more rapid than its formation from bath glucose. The results are most readily explained by the hypothesis that has been proposed for brain tissue in which glial cells supply lactate to neurons.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Coles, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Véga, C., Poitry-Yamate, C. L., Jirounek, P., Tsacopoulos, M., and Coles, J. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of Neurochemistry
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0022-3042
ISSN (Online):1471-4159

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