Author(s): Prichard J, Rothman D, Novotny E, Petroff O, Kuwabara T,
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Abstract Brain lactate concentration is usually assumed to be stable except when pathologic conditions cause a mismatch between glycolysis and respiration. Using newly developed 1H NMR spectroscopic techniques that allow measurement of lactate in vivo, we detected lactate elevations of 0.3-0.9 mM in human visual cortex during physiologic photic stimulation. The maximum rise appeared in the first few minutes; thereafter lactate concentration declined while stimulation continued. The results are consistent with a transient excess of glycolysis over respiration in the visual cortex, occurring as a normal response to stimulation in the physiologic range.
This article was published in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
and referenced in OMICS Journal of Radiology