Galactose and glucose metabolism in the isolated perfused suckling and adult rat liver.
The development of the technique for the perfusion of the immature liver has enabled us to characterize metabolic differences in carbohydrate metabolism in the suckling versus adult rat livers. Livers of fasted suckling and adult rats were perfused with 4 mM galactose or 4 mM glucose. Galactose uptake was the same for both age groups during the first 35 min. The adult liver maintained the initial rate of uptake after this period while the immature liver began to take up galactose more rapidly. By the end of the experimental period, on a weight basis, uptake by the young liver was three times that of the adult. Analysis of the livers at the end of the 90 min perfusion showed hepatic galactose concentrations to be one-half of circulating media levels. Glucose output was observed in each group during perfusion with either galactose or glucose. In the immature liver, galactose perfusion stimulated more glucose output than did the glucose perfusion. In the adult, however, both sugars resulted in the same levels of glucose output. Galactose perfusion resulted in glucose levels in young liver being higher than the media; while in the adult, the level was lower than the media. Galactose perfused livers of the suckling and adult contained significantly more uridine-5'-diphosphogalactose than the glucose perfused livers of each age.
Berman, WF; Rogers, SR; Bautista, JO; Segal, S
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