Glucose metabolism of fetal rat brain in utero, measured with labeled deoxyglucose.

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Mammals have low cerebral metabolic rates immediately after birth and, by inference, also before birth. In this study, we extended the deoxyglucose method to the fetal rat brain in utero. Rate constants for deoxyglucose transfer across the maternal placental and fetal blood-brain barriers, and lumped constant, have not been reported. Therefore, we applied a new method of determining the lumped constant regionally to the fetal rat brain in utero. The lumped constant averaged 0.55 +/- 0.15 relative to the maternal circulation. On this basis, we determined the glucose metabolic rate of the fetal rat brain to be one third of the corresponding maternal value, or 19 +/- 2 mumol hg-1 min-1.
Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)14-9
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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