Research Article| Volume 47, ISSUE 1, P79-91, July 1980

Cytochrome c oxidase activity and fatty acid oxidation in various types of human muscle

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      Cytochrome c oxidase activity, carnitine concentration and oxidation rates of pyruvate and palmitate were determined in homogenates of various types of human skeletal muscle. Cytochrome c oxidase activity appeared to be closely related to the pyruvate oxidation rate, but its correlation with palmitate oxidation was less distinct.
      Trunk muscles oxidize less palmitate and have a lower cytochrome c oxidase activity per mg homogenate protein than leg muscles; soleus muscle biopsies showed higher activities than those of other leg muscles. Based on cytochrome c oxidase activity no large differences are found in palmitate oxidation rate between various types of human muscle.
      Cytochrome c oxidase activity and palmitate oxidation rate of muscles do not show an age dependency.
      The carnitine concentration is similar in all kinds of human skeletal muscle.
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