Metabolic Processes in Alzheimer's Disease: Adenine Nucleotide Content and Production of 14CO2 from [U‐14C]Glucose In Vitro in Human Neocortex

N. R. Sims, D. M. Bowen, D. Neary, A. N. Davison

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Abstract

Abstract: Samples of neocortex removed at diagnostic craniotomy from patients with Alzheimer's disease and incubated in vitro showed an increased production of 14CO2 from [U‐14C]glucose compared with neurosurgical controls. This was a feature of incubations in the presence of both 5 mM K+ (142% control) and 31 mM K + (126%). Specific labelling of the amino acid pool was unaltered, suggesting that the apparent increase of CO2 production was not merely a reflection of changes in dilution of the radiolabel from glucose. The content of adenine nucleotides was significantly less than control values in the tissue from patients with Alzheimer's disease after in vitro incubations but the adenylate energy charge was unchanged, indicating that normal energy metabolism was not grossly impaired in these preparations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1329-1334
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1983
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adenine nucleotides
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Glucose oxidation

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