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J Appl Physiol (1985). 1999 Dec;87(6):2068-72.

Diversity in levels of intracellular total creatine and triglycerides in human skeletal muscles observed by (1)H-MRS.

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The Robert Steiner Magnetic Resonance Unit, Imperial College School of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London W12 0HS, United Kingdom.


We used (1)H-magnetic resonance spectroscopy to noninvasively determine total creatine (TCr), choline-containing compounds (Cho), and intracellular (IT) and extracellular (between-muscle fibers) triglycerides (ET) in three human skeletal muscles. Subjects' (n = 15 men) TCr concentrations in soleus [Sol; 100.2 +/- 8.3 (SE) mmol/kg dry wt] were lower (P < 0.05) than those in gastrocnemius (Gast; 125.3 +/- 9.2 mmol/kg dry wt) and tibialis anterior (TA; 123. 7 +/- 8.8 mmol/kg dry wt). The Cho levels in Sol (35.8 +/- 3.6 mmol/kg dry wt) and Gast (28.5 +/- 3.5 mmol/kg dry wt) were higher (P < 0.001 and P < 0.01, respectively) compared with TA (13.6 +/- 2. 4 mmol/kg dry wt). The IT values were found to be 44.8 +/- 4.6 and 36.5 +/- 4.2 mmol/kg dry wt in Sol and Gast, respectively. The IT values of TA (24.5 +/- 4.5 mmol/kg dry wt) were lower than those of Sol (P < 0.01) and Gast (P < 0.05). There were no differences in ET [116.0 +/- 11.2 (Sol), 119.1 +/- 18.5 (Gast), and 91.4 +/- 19.2 mmol/kg dry wt (TA)]. It is proposed that the differences in metabolite levels may be due to the differences in fiber-type composition and deposition of metabolites due to the adaptation of different muscles during locomotion.

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