Exercise Biochemistry and Muscle Physiology Lab

Student in Biochemistry Lab

The Exercise Biochemistry Lab houses the equipment and supplies for a wide array of analyses. The equipment includes analytical balances, water baths, a water purification system, various centrifuges (including microcentrifuges and an ultracentrifuge), a freeze-dryer, pH analyzers, standard automatic pipettors, and a liquid scintillation counter. Typical analytical techniques employed in this laboratory included blood and muscle concentrations of lactate, pyruvate, and alanine. Muscle glycogen is also measured as is blood glucose. Radioisotopes are monitored in techniques ranging from the fate of lactate to lipoprotein lipase activity.

Muscle Physiology Laboratory

The Muscle Physiology Laboratory is designed for studies of muscle metabolism at the level of single, isolated, blood-perfused muscles. Standard equipment includes blood gas, pH analyzer, CO-oximeter, ultrasonic flow meter and probes, peristaltic pumps, electrical stimulator, surgical equipment, electrical stimulator, animal ventilator, and a computerized data acquisition system. Recent studies have focused on lactate metabolism, and the on-kinetics of muscle oxygen uptake.

(associated faculty: Gladden, Blessing)

Student working in Biochemistry Lab

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2012

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