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Muscle perfusion: its measurement and role in metabolic regulation


Barrett, EJ and Rattigan, S, Muscle perfusion: its measurement and role in metabolic regulation, Diabetes, 61, (11) pp. 2661-2668. ISSN 0012-1797 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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copyright 2012 by the American Diabetes Association.

DOI: doi:10.2337/db12-0271


Methods for measuring muscle blood flow have been evolving over the past 120 years. Studies of hormonal regulation of muscle flow and metabolism began with the classical work by Andres et al. (3). Numerous diabetes investigators interested in muscle metabolism in vivo have estimated the net balance of glucose and other metabolites across a skeletal muscle bed or limb from the product of the arterial-venous concentration difference and the blood flow. In this review, drawing upon early studies, we will emphasize some of the principles and limitations of various techniques for measuring flow to estimate net exchange or rates of production or consumption of metabolites. Table 1 summarizes pertinent strengths and limitations of the most commonly used methods for estimating either muscle blood flow or perfusion. From later studies, we will deal more directly with the issue of how flow is hormonally regulated and the relationship between skeletal muscle flow regulation and metabolic regulation. That discussion will extend beyond flow alone as an important regulated variable, emphasizing instead perfusion, which encompasses both the rate and distribution of blood flow in a tissue. We will highlight some of the new methodologies that have helped clarify further the linkage between the regulation of skeletal muscle perfusion and metabolic function.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:muscle, metabolism, blood flow
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Endocrinology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Rattigan, S (Professor Stephen Rattigan)
ID Code:82403
Year Published:2012
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (490034)
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-01-31
Last Modified:2017-11-15
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