Hepatic sugar phosphate levels reflect gluconeogenesis in lung cancer: simultaneous turnover measurements and 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy in vivo

S. Leij-Halfwerk, P.C. Dagnelie, J.W.O. van den Berg, J.H.P. Wilson, P.E. Sijens

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Stable-isotope tracers were used to assess whether levels of phosphomonoesters (PME) and phosphodiesters (PDE) in the livers of lung cancer patients, as observed by P-31 magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy, reflect elevated whole-body glucose turnover and gluconeogenesis from alanine. Patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer without liver metastases (n = 24;weight loss 0-24%) and healthy control subjects (n = 13) were stud led after an overnight fast. P-31 MR spectra of the liver in vivo were obtained, and glucose turnover and gluconeogenesis from alanine were determined simultaneously using primed-constant infusions of [6,6-H-2(2)]glucose and [3-C-13]alanine. Liver PME concentrations were 6% higher in lung cancer patients compared with controls (not significant); PME levels in patients with greater than or equal to 5% weight loss were significantly higher than in patients with intermediates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-174
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

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