May 1, 1977

Oxygen consumption and lactate production of the rat portal vein in relation to its contractile activity

Acta Physiologica Scandinavica
P Hellstrand


Energy turnover in the isolated rat portal vein was investigated by measurement of oxygen consumption (JO2) and lactate production (JLA) under simultaneous recording of mechanical activity. In spontaneous activity under aerobic conditions and at optimal muscle length JO2 and JLA were 0.55 and 0.62 micromol/min X g, respectively, corresponding to an ATP-production of 4.3 micromol/min X G. When muscle length was changed, an approximately linear relation was found between energy turnover and mean isometric tension. The tension-indpendent part of ATP-production was 3.0 micromol/min X g. In Ca2+-free solution the metabolic rate was 20% lower still. JO2 was nearly equal in isometric contractions and in afterloaded isotonic contractions from the same initial muscle length. During a maximal tonic contracture in 5+-depolarized portal vein JO2 increased to about twice that in spontaneous activity. Changes in contracture force by variations in muscle length or in [Ca2+]0 were associated with identical linear relations between JO2 and active tension. This relation was less steep than the corresponding relation for spontaneous activity. The anaerobic lactate production of the portal vein was 2.7 times theaerobic leve. The accelerated glycol...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Muscle, Smooth, Vascular
Metabolic Process, Cellular
Entire Portal Vein
Leg Length Inequality
Energy Metabolism
Entire Trunk of Portal Vein
Myocardial Bridging
Cell Respiration

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