Journal article

In vivo 13C NMR assessment of brain glycogen concentration and turnover in the awake rat

Brain glycogen metabolism was recently observed in vivo and found to be very slow in the lightly alpha-chloralose anesthetized rat [J. Neurochem. 73 (1999) 1300]. Based on that slow turnover, the total glycogen content in the awake rat brain and its turnover time were assessed after administering 13C-labeled glucose for 48 h. Label incorporation into glycogen, glucose, amino acid, and N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) resonances was observed. The amount of 13C label incorporated into glycogen was variable and did not correlate with that in glutamate (r=-0.1, P>0.86). However, the amount of 13C label incorporated into glycogen was very similar to that in NAA (r=0.93), implying similar turnover times between brain glycogen and NAA (approximately 10 h). Absolute quantification of the total concentration of brain glycogen in the awake, normoglycemic rat yielded 3.3+/-0.8 micromol/g (n=6, mean+/-S.D.).


    • EPFL-ARTICLE-177541

    Record created on 2012-05-27, modified on 2017-05-12

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