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Energetics of Anaerobic Sodium Transport by the Fresh Water Turtle Bladder

The Journal of General Physiology
The Rockefeller University Press
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Certain of the metabolic events associated with anaerobic sodium transport by the isolated bladder of the fresh water turtle have been investigated. The data suggest that energy for this transport arises from glycolysis and that endogenous glycogen was the major and perhaps the sole source of substrate. The rate of anaerobic glycolysis, as determined by lactate formation, correlates well with the rate as determined by glycogen utilization. Using lactate formation as the index of anaerobic glycolysis, a linear relationship was observed between glycolysis and net anaerobic sodium transport. In the absence of sodium transport, glycolysis decreased by approximately 45 per cent. Tissue ATP concentrations were maintained at about the same level under anaerobic as under aerobic conditions. Finally if it is assumed that in the conversion of glycogen to lactate anaerobically, 3 moles of ATP are generated per mole of glucose residue, an average of over 15 equivalents of sodium were transported for every mole of ATP generated.

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