Preserved Cerebral Oxygen Metabolism in Astrocytic Dysfunction: A Combination Study of O-Gas PET with C-Acetate Autoradiography.
Fluorocitrate (FC) is a specific metabolic inhibitor of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle in astrocytes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether inhibition of the astrocyte TCA cycle by FC would affect the oxygen metabolism in the rat brain. At 4 h after the intracranial FC injection, the rats ( = 9) were investigated by O-labeled gas PET to measure the cerebral blood flow (CBF), the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO), oxygen extraction fraction (OEF), and cerebral blood volume (CBV). After the O-gas PET, the rats were given an intravenous injection of C-acetate for autoradiography. O-gas PET showed no significant differences in any of the measured parameters between the ipsilateral and contralateral striatum (high dose group: CBF (54.4 ± 8.8 and 55.3 ± 11.6 mL/100mL/min), CMRO (7.0 ± 0.9 and 7.1 ± 1.2 mL/100mL/min), OEF (72.0 ± 8.9 and 70.8 ± 8.2%), and CBV (4.1 ± 0.8 and 4.2 ± 0.9 mL/100mL), respectively). In contrast, the C-acetate autoradiography revealed a significant inhibition of the astrocyte metabolism in the ipsilateral striatum. The regional cerebral oxygen consumption as well as the hemodynamic parameters were maintained even in the face of inhibition of the astrocyte TCA cycle metabolism in the rat brain.