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πŸ“ Astrocytic Glycogenderived Lactate Fuels The Brain During Exhaustive Exercise To Maintain Endurance Capacity

Brain glycogen stored in astrocytes provides lactate as an energy source to neurons through monocarboxylate transporters (MCTs) to maintain neuronal functions such as hippocampus-regulated memory formation. Although prolonged exhaustive exercise decreases brain glycogen, the role of this decrease and lactate transport in the exercising brain remains less clear. Because muscle glycogen fuels exercising muscles, we hypothesized that astrocytic glycogen plays an energetic role in the prolonged-exercising brain to maintain endurance capacity through lactate transport. To test this hypothesis, we used a rat model of exhaustive exercise and capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry–based metabolomics to observe comprehensive energetics of the brain (cortex and hippocampus) and muscle (plantaris). 

Updated on June 7, 2020

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