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Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2004 May;36(5):801-6.

Increased VLDL-TAG turnover during and after acute moderate-intensity exercise.

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Protein and Energy Metabolism Research Unit, Human Nutrition Laboratory, Clermont Ferrand, France.



Breakdown rates of very low density lipoprotein triacylglycerols (VLDL-TAG) were quantified before (3 h), during (45 min), and after (3 h) moderate physical exercise at 40% VO2 max in young sedentary subjects (four male and four female, age 29.8 +/-1.6 yr, BMI 24.1 +/- 0.9 kg x m, VO2max 37.0 +/- 1.7 mL x kg x min), using boluses of H5-glycerol (100 mu mol x kg) and H2-palmitate (6.6 mu mol x kg). The catabolic rates of VLDL-TAG were calculated from the decay in the isotopic enrichment using a single-pool model. The results were compared with those obtained during 6 h of rest in five of the same volunteers.


VLDL-TAG concentration remained constant throughout the study with exercise (P = NS). The fractional catabolic rate was nearly doubled from rest to exercise (P < 0.05 vs rest) and increased to an even greater extent during the early phase of recovery (P < 0.001 vs rest). During the late recovery phase, the value returned to the preexercise value (P = NS vs rest). The values for the absolute catabolic rate (kabs) followed the same trend.


VLDL-TAG turnover was increased during exercise and during the early phase of recovery.

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