Dependence of cerebral energy phosphate and evoked potential recovery on end-ischemic pH

P. D. Hurn, R. C. Koehler, S. E. Norris, K. K. Blizzard, R. J. Traystman

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We determined whether the rate of metabolic recovery and electrophysiological deficit after incomplete cerebral ischemia is related to intracellular pH (pH(i)) achieved at the end of ischemia in a dose-dependent manner. End-ischemic pH(i) was varied by employing two ischemic durations, 12 and 30 min, and by setting preischemic plasma glucose to ~80 or 400 mg/dl. Incomplete global ischemia was produced in anesthetized dogs by transient intracranial hypertension followed by 4 h of reperfusion, and pH(i), ATP, and phosphocreatine (PCr) were measured with 31P magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Cerebral blood flow was reduced to ~6 ml·min-1·100 g-1 during ischemia. End-ischemic pH(i) was >5.7 in all animals from various treatment groups except for four of seven dogs treated with 30-min hyperglycemic ischemia. When end-ischemic pH(i) remained >5.7, there was nearly complete recovery of ATP, PCr, pH(i), intracellular bicarbonate concentration ([HCO3-](i)), and O2 consumption. Partial recovery of somatosensory-evoked potentials (SEP) occurred in most of these animals. In the 30-min hyperglycemic animals in which pH(i) fell below 5.5, ATP, PCr, and O2 consumption recovered by only one-half over 60 min of reperfusion and then declined to near-zero levels without SEP recovery. In addition, pH(i) remained <6.0, and [HCO3-](i) remained <2 mM throughout reperfusion. We conclude that there is an apparent in vivo pH(i) threshold of ~5.5-5.7 during incomplete cerebral ischemia that is associated with an inability to significantly restore pH(i) and [HCO3-](i) and with secondary deterioration of high-energy phosphate levels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)H532-H541
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Issue number2 29-2
StatePublished - 1991


  • Adenosine triphosphate
  • Bicarbonate ion
  • Cerebral blood flow
  • Cerebral oxygen consumption
  • Hyperglycemia
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Somatosensory-evoked potential

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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