Preliminary 'in vivo' measurements of protein and energy metabolism in the skin of sheep
PM Harris, DW Dellow and BR Sinclair
Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
40(4) 879 - 888
An arterio-venous preparation was developed which allowed infusion into, and/or sampling from, branches of the deep circumflex iliac artery and vein supplying and draining a discrete area of skin on the abdominal flank of Romney sheep.Measurements of blood flow (using dye dilution techniques), utilization or output of energy metabolites (oxygen, glucose, lactate and acetate) and amino acid metabolism were made in relation to whole body protein and energy metabolism.Measurements on the patch suggested that blood flow to the total skin was about 6% of cardiac output but that only 1-2% of whole body oxygen utilization occurred in the skin. This was partly accounted for by a significant proportion of glucose uptake (1.15 g day-1) being anaerobically oxidized to lactate (0.41 g day-1). Measurements of protein synthesis in the patch showed that between 10 and 16% of whole body protein synthesis occurs in the skin.Results from the preparation demonstrate that it is a useful procedure to study metabolism in a defined patch of skin in the intact animal.
Full text doi:10.1071/AR9890879
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