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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1989 Mar 15;159(2):815-20.

In vivo 31P NMR spectroscopy of energy rich phosphates in the brain of the hyperammonemic rat.

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Department of Clinical Chemistry, Inselspital, Switzerland.


Hyperammonemia is a major contributing factor to the neurological abnormalities observed in hepatic encephalopathy and in congenital defects of ammonia detoxication. In rats variable changes in labile energy rich phosphates in the brain have been observed in hyperammonemia using biochemical methods. Using 31P-NMR spectroscopy however no significant changes of the relative concentrations of the energy rich phosphates alpha, beta and gamma-ATP, phosphocreatine, inorganic phosphate and the pH were found in the fronto parietal cortex of the urease treated hyperammonemic rat. Alterations in the metabolites of these compounds do not appear to be a major pathomechanism of ammonia toxicity in this brain area.

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