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Up Acid-base Hyponatraemia Lactate Magnesium Phosphate Potassium

  • End-product for some tissues but substrate for others
  • Lactate oxidation not dependent on insulin and therefore may be a useful substrate in patients with insulin-resistance
  • Can be metabolized when ATP concentrations very low (unlike glucose which requires ATP for initial step in oxidation - metabolism to glucose-6-phosphate)
  • Astrocytes synthesize lactate which is then metabolized by neurons. Lactate may be primary energy source of neurons
  • Although the liver is an important site of lactate metabolism extra-hepatic metabolism is very significant
  • In isolated rat hearts oxygen consumption lower at any given level of cardiac work when lactate used as a substrate compared with glucose

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