Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces renal lactate production

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Intrarenal hypoxia is an acknowledged factor contributing to the development of diabetic nephropathy. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a well-known adjuvant treatment for several medical conditions, such as decompression sickness, infections, and wound healing. The underlying metabolic response of HBO is largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of HBO on the intrarenal metabolic alteration in diabetes. Hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate MRI was performed to assess intrarenal energy metabolism in normoglycemic controls and short-term (2 weeks) streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats with and without HBO for five consecutive days. HBO therapy blunted intrarenal lactate production, 3 days after the therapy, in both normoglycemic controls and diabetic rats without affecting either lactate dehydrogenase mRNA expression or activity. HBO therapy reduced lactate formation in both normoglycemic and hyperglycemic rats. These findings support hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate MRI as a novel method for monitoring HBO therapy via the pyruvate to lactate conversion.

TidsskriftPhysiological Reports
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2017

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