Glycolysis, oxidative metabolism, and brain potassium ion clearance

Cesar N. Raffin, Myron Rosenthal, Raul Busto, Thomas J. Sick

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Studies were directed toward defining relationships between brain ion transport, glycolysis, and oxidative phosphorylation. This was done by examining the relative sensitivity to hypoxemia and to iodoacetate (lAA)-induced inhibition of glycolysis in rats anesthetized with pentobarbital. Both insults had minimal effects on Ko+ baseline. In response to neuronal activation, IAA increased the time required for Ko+ clearance from maximal values to half-recovery of baseline. Hypoxemia slowed the later phase of Ko+ clearance, when Ko+ was approaching "resting" levels. Hypoxemia produced greater declines in high-energy intermediates than did IAA, which indicated that the IAA effect was not due to a greater overall insult to metabolism and suggested a direct link between ATP produced by glycolysis and ion transport activity. These data demonstrate that Ko+ clearance requires energy from glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation for different phases of the recovery process and that inhibition specific to glycolysis or oxidative phosphorylation may be temporally resolved within a single stimulus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992


  • Brain
  • Glycolysis
  • Hypoxia
  • Ion transport hypoxemia
  • Potassium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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