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  Lactate in the healthy brain

Akhvlediani, T., Henning, A., Dydak, U., Boesiger, P., Jung, H., & Sandor, P. (2006). Lactate in the healthy brain. Poster presented at Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN 2006) and the Swiss Society for Neuroradiology (SGNR 2006), Basel, Switzerland.

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Akhvlediani , T, Author
Henning, A1, Author              
Dydak, U, Author
Boesiger, P, Author
Jung, HH, Author
Sandor, PS, Author
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 Abstract: The development of 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) techniques has made it possible to detect different brain metabolites, including elevated lactate concentrations in vivo in humans. It is generally assumed that increased brain lactate is pathological and reflects a dysbalance between glycolysis and oxidative respiration. However, there is an alternative opinion, suggesting that elevated lactate concentration in the brain represents a normal response to neuronal activity. Visual stimulation is one of the functional paradigms that can modify brain lactate levels. We performed 1H MRS (chemical shift imaging at TE of 35ms and 288 ms) with a Philips Achieva 3T MRI scanner in 19 healthy volunteers without any history of neurological or psychiatric disorders. MRS measurements have been performed before, during and after light stimulation. Using an optimized protocol, lactate was detected in three probands (15.8\%). In one case lactate emerged as a result of the stimulation, while two others showed lactate at baseline. One of the probands had a high lactate double peak in the absence of previous physical or psychological strain; this finding was not reproduced in two follow-up 1H-MRS measurements. Our findings demonstrate that detectable levels of lactate may be present in healthy brains, and show considerable variability without any known pathology or exercise prior to the measurement. Thus, the interpretation of elevated brain lactate levels in neurological and psychiatric disorders has to be done with caution.

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 Dates: 2006-01
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Title: Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN 2006) and the Swiss Society for Neuroradiology (SGNR 2006)
Place of Event: Basel, Switzerland
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Title: Joint Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN 2006) and the Swiss Society for Neuroradiology (SGNR 2006)
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