Journal of Molecular Neuroscience

, Volume 16, Issue 2–3, pp 167–172 | Cite as

Fatty acid uptake and incorporation in brain

Studies with the perfusion model


The contributions of individual components of blood to brain [14C]palmitate uptake and incorporation were studied with the in situ brain perfusion technique in the pentobarbital-anesthetized rat. With whole-blood perfusate, brain unacylated [14C]palmitate uptake was linear with time and extrapolated to zero at T=0 s of perfusion. Tracer accumulated in brain with a blood-to-brain transfer coefficient of 1.8 ± 0.1 × 10−4 mL/s/g (whole cerebral hemisphere). Incorporation into brain lipids was rapid such that ∼40% of tracer in brain at 45 s of perfusion was in cerebral phospholipids and neutral lipids. Similar rates of uptake were obtained during unacylated [14C]palmitate perfusion in whole rat plasma, serum, or artificial saline containing 2–3% albumin, suggesting that albumin has a key role in determining [14C]palmitate uptake in brain. The excellent match in brain uptake rates between whole blood and albumin-containing saline fluid suggests that the perfusion technique will be useful method for quantifying the individual contributions of blood constituents and albumin binding on brain [14C]palmitate uptake.

Index Entries

Blood-brain barrier protein binding cerebrovascular palmitate capillary lipid metabolism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical SciencesTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterAmarillo
  2. 2.Laboratory of NeurosciencesNational Institute on Aging, NIHBethesda

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