Splanchnic Uptake of Leucine in Healthy Children and in Children with Cystic Fibrosis

C. Lawrence Kien, Craig A. Horswill, William B. Zipf, Karen S. McCoy, Scott C. Denne

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Interpretation of tracer studies of amino acid kinetics in the fed state is dependent on knowledge of splanchnic uptake of diet-derived amino acids. We studied five healthy control children and five children with cystic fibrosis (CF). After an overnight fast, the children ingested, hourly, a formula diet for 11 h. 5,5,5-[2H3]Leucine was added to the feedings during the last 6 h, and an i.v. infusion of 1-[13C]leucine was administered during the last 2 h of the formula feeding. The mean rate of splanchnic uptake of leucine was similar in the CF and control group, 23.8 ± 24.0 and 21.5 ± 21.2 μmol · kg-1 · h-1, respectively. Fractional splanchnic uptake of leucine was not significantly different in the patients with CF (0.16 ± 0.112 mean ± SD) compared with the control children (0.244 ± 0.256 -1). The rate of whole body protein breakdown was not significantly different between the groups (CF versus control) with (159 ± 18 versus 135 ± 28 μmol · kg-1 · h-1) or without (135 ± 14 versus 114 ± 20 μmol · kg-1 · h-1) correction for splanchnic leucine uptake. However, for the 10 cases combined, protein breakdown corrected for splanchnic leucine uptake (147 ± 26 μmol · kg-1 · h-1) was 18% greater than uncorrected protein breakdown (124 ± 20 μmol · kg-1 · h-1) (p = 0.009). The data suggest that companion studies of splanchnic uptake might enhance the interpretation of leucine kinetics in the fed state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-683
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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