Published September 1, 1986 - More info
We studied the effect of DL-3-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate on lactate transport into isolated hepatocytes and on lactate removal in the isolated perfused rat liver. Ketone bodies inhibited lactate transport into isolated hepatocytes (maximum, 35% at concentrations of 10-20 mM). Lactate removal and glucose production by perfused livers were examined before and after the introduction of a constant infusion of hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate, or appropriate control into the portal venous limb. Lactate removal was significantly inhibited within 10 s of the appearance of increasing concentrations of ketone bodies in the effluent. Corresponding decreases in glucose production were observed. The dependence of inhibition on D-3-hydroxybutyrate concentration was documented in isolated perfused livers (maximum inhibition of lactate removal, 58% at 14 mM). This phenomenon could be a factor in the development of lactic acidosis accompanying ketoacidosis, and indicates that plasma membrane lactate transport may determine the rate of hepatic lactate removal.