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Pathways of fructose conversion into glucose in foetal rat liver.


ABSTRACT: 1. Glucose, formed from [1-(14)C]fructose or [6-(14)C]fructose in rat-liver slices, has been isolated as gluconate and degraded to give the radioactivity in C-1, C-2-5 and C-6. 2. By using this method it has been shown that, in liver from foetal rats younger than 20 days, glucose is formed from fructose without splitting of the molecule by the aldolase reaction. The rate of glucose formation from fructose in liver from these foetuses is approximately half of the rate in adult liver. 3. The direct conversion of fructose into glucose in foetal rat liver is not via sorbitol as in seminal vesicles, as this pathway cannot be detected. 4. When liver slices are incubated with [U-(14)C]fructose of high specific activity, the labelled intermediates are similar whether from liver from 18-day foetal, newborn or adult rats. 5. These findings are discussed with reference to the changing pathways of fructose metabolism during perinatal development of the liver in the rat.

SUBMITTER: Ballard FJ 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC1264649 | BioStudies | 1965-01-01

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): 10.1042/bj0970365

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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