The effect of electrocortical state on cerebral carbohydrate metabolism in fetal sheep

Conrad R. Chao, A. Roger Hohimer, John M. Bissonnette

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We measured hemispherical cerebral blood flow and arteriovenous differences across the cerebral cortex for glucose, oxygen, and lactate during the two primary electroencephalographic patterns (high and low voltage) in unanesthetized, near-term fetal sheep. Oxygen consumption was 127 μmol/min/100 g brain in high voltage and was 14% higher in low voltage. Glucose uptake was 19 μmol/min/100 g and was 37% higher in low voltage. Cerebral blood flow was 112 ml/min/100 g and was 29% higher in low voltage. The glucose:oxygen quotient increased from 0.91 in high voltage to 1.08 in low voltage. There was a net lactate efflux of 3.2 μmol/min/100 g during low voltage compared to a net influx of 3.3 μmol/min/100 g in high voltage. During high voltage the fetal brain uses a small amount of lactate for oxidative metabolism. During low voltage, glucose uptake exceeds the oxygen uptake needed for completely aerobic consumption, and a portion of the energy utilized by the brain is produced anaerobically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1 1989


  • Brain metabolism
  • Electrocortical state
  • Fetal brain
  • Glucose
  • Lactate
  • Oxygen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology


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