Feb 1, 1989

Fructose-1,6-bisphosphate protects astrocytes from hypoxic damage

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism : Official Journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
G A GregoryP H Chan


To determine the effects of glucose and fructose-1,6-bisphosphate (FDP) on hypoxic cell damage, primary cultures of astrocytes were incubated for 18 h in an air-tight chamber that had been flushed with 95% N2/5% CO2 for 15 min before it was sealed. Cultures containing 7.5 mM glucose without FDP or FDP without glucose showed evidence of significant cell injury after 18 h of hypoxia (increased lactate dehydrogenase content in the culture medium; cell edema and disruption by phase-contrast microscopy). Cultures exposed to glucose + FDP had normal lactate dehydrogenase concentrations and appeared normal microscopically. Maximal protection of hypoxic cells occurred at 6.0 mM FDP. Lactate concentrations of the culture medium of hypoxic cells increased 2.5 times above normoxic control values when glucose was present, but neither FDP alone nor glucose + FDP caused the lactate concentrations to increase further. This implies that anaerobic glycolysis was not increased by adding FDP to the medium. Cell volumes (water space) measured with [14C]-3-0-methyl-D-glucose were normal with glucose + FDP in the culture medium of hypoxic cells but were significantly larger than normal when glucose alone was present. Increases in cell volume paralle...Continue Reading

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Cell Injury
August Rats
Glucose, (beta-D)-Isomer
Lactic Acid Measurement

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