Both glucose and lactate are nutrients of the ovine fetus. Each may be used by the fetus as a fuel for oxidation or as a source of carbon for energy storage and net tissue accretion. The present report describes the oxidation rates of glucose and lactate in vivo for the fetal lamb over a relatively short time period. The fraction of fetal glucose or lactate oxidized was defined as the ratio of 14CO2 excretion across the umbilical circulation to the net entry of [14C]glucose or [14C]lactate into fetal tissues. The fraction of glucose oxidized over a 3-hr study averaged 61.2%, accounting for 2.55 mg · min-1 · kg-1 of glucose oxidized and for 28% of the simultaneous net oxygen uptake. The fraction of lactate oxidized averaged 71.5%, accounting for 4.12 mg·min-1 · kg-1 of lactate oxidized. Oxidation fractions and rates for both glucose and lactate increased with their concentrations in fetal blood suggesting sparing of other fuels for oxidation at higher glucose and lactate concentrations.
|Number of pages
|Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
|Published - Sep 1983
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology