Lactate distribution in red blood cells and plasma after a high intensity running exercise in aerobically trained and untrained subjects
Introduction: To determine endurance capacity and to give specific training recommendations, blood lactate (LA) concentrations are frequently used in performance diagnostics. In blood, LA is stored in red blood cells (RBC) and in plasma. Higher LA uptake by RBC might lead to delayed muscle fatigue since RBC serve as a dilution space for LA and more LA can be taken up by plasma which is released from the working muscle. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of lactate in plasma and RBC in aerobically well trained athletes (AA) in comparison to an untrained control group (CG). Materials and Methods: 13 AA and 13 CG participated in this study and conducted a high intensive treadmill test consisting of 2x4 minutes of running at 95% of the maximal running velocity with an active break of 4 minutes. Venous blood was drawn before and after the test. LA was measured in whole blood, plasma and RBC. Further, the ratio (LARatio) was calculated using the following formula: LA of RBC / LA of plasma. Results: AA exhibit significantly higher values in VO2peak and maximum running velocity. After the running test, LA in whole blood, RBC and plasma is increased significantly in both groups. No interaction effect (group X time point) was observed in any parameter. Values of LARatio did not show any significant differences. Conclusion: This study showed that the LA distribution in RBC and plasma after a high intensity running test is very similar in well trained endurance athletes and in untrained control subjects. Hence, LA uptake by RBC cannot or only in part be seen as a contributor to aerobic athletic performance.
Böning, D., Klarholz, C., Himmelsbach, B., Hütler, M., & Maassen, N. (2007). Causes of differences in exercise-induced changes of base excess and blood lactate. Eur J Appl Physiol, 99(2), 163–171. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-006-0328-0
Broich, H., Sperlich, B., Buitrago, S., Mathes, S., & Mester, J. (2012). Performance assessment in elite football players: Field level test versus spiroergometry. J Hum Sport Exerc, 7(1), 287–295. https://doi.org/10.4100/jhse.2012.71.07
Buono, M. J., & Yeager, J. E. (1986). Intraerythrocyte and plasma lactate concentrations during exercise in humans. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol, 55(3), 326–329. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02343807
Connes, P., Bouix, D., Py, G., Caillaud, C., Kippelen, P., Brun, J.-F., Varray, A., Prefaut, C. & Mercier, J. (2004). Does exercise-induced hypoxemia modify lactate influx into erythrocytes and hemorheological parameters in athletes? J Appl Physiol, 97(3), 1053–1058. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00993.2003
Daniel, S. S., Morishima, H. O., James, L. S., & Adamsons, K. (1964). Lactate and pyruvate gradients between red blood cells and plasma during acute asphyxia. J Appl Physiol, 19, 1100–1104. https://doi.org/10.1152/jappl.19184.108.40.2060
Deuticke, B. (1982). Monocarboxylate transport in erythrocytes. J Membr Biol, 70(2), 89–103. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01870219
Deuticke, B. (1989). Monocarboxylate transport in red blood cells: kinetics and chemical modification. Methods Enzymol, 173, 300–329. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0076-6879(89)73020-2
Devadatta, S. C. (1934). Distribution of lactate between the corpscles and the plasma in blood. Q J Exp Psychol, 24(3), 295–303.
Foxdal, P., Sjödin, A., Östman, B., & Sjödin, B. (1991). The effect of different blood sampling sites and analyses on the relationship between exercise intensity and 4.0 mmol ·1− blood lactate concentration: Blood lactate concentration. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol, 63(1), 52–54. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00760801
Foxdal, P., Sjödin, B., Rudstam, H., Ostman, C., Ostman, B., & Hedenstierna, G. C. (1990). Lactate concentration differences in plasma, whole blood, capillary finger blood and erythrocytes during submaximal graded exercise in humans. Eur J Appl Physiol Occup Physiol, 61(3-4), 218–222. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00357603
Gladden, L. B. (2000). Muscle as a consumer of lactate. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 32(4), 764–771. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005768-200004000-00008
Gmada, N., Bouhlel, E., Mrizak, I., Debabi, H., Ben Jabrallah, M., Tabka, Z., Feki, Y. & Amri, M. (2005). Effect of combined active recovery from supramaximal exercise on blood lactate disappearance in trained and untrained man. Int J Sports Med, 26(10), 874–879. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2005-837464
Goodwin, M. L., Harris, J. E., Hernández, A., & Gladden, L. B. (2007). Blood lactate measurements and analysis during exercise: a guide for clinicians. J Diabetes Sci Technol, 1(4), 558–569. https://doi.org/10.1177/193229680700100414
Hildebrand, A., Lormes, W., Emmert, J., Liu, Y., Lehmann, M., & Steinacker, J. M. (2000). Lactate concentration in plasma and red blood cells during incremental exercise. Int J Sports Med 21(7), 463–468. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2000-7412
Juel, C. (2001). Current aspects of lactate exchange: lactate/H+ transport in human skeletal muscle. Eur J Appl Physiol, 86(1), 12–16. https://doi.org/10.1007/s004210100517
Juel, C., Lundby, C., Sander, M., Calbet, J. A. L., & van Hall, G. (2003). Human skeletal muscle and erythrocyte proteins involved in acid-base homeostasis: adaptations to chronic hypoxia. J Physiol, 548(Pt 2), 639–648.
Lindinger, M. I., McKelvie, R. S., & Heigenhauser, G. J. (1995). K+ and Lac- distribution in humans during and after high-intensity exercise: role in muscle fatigue attenuation? J Appl Physiol, 78(3), 765–777. https://doi.org/10.1152/jappl.19220.127.116.115
McKelvie, R. S., Lindinger, M. I., Heigenhauser, G. J., & Jones, N. L. (1991). Contribution of erythrocytes to the control of the electrolyte changes of exercise. Can J Physiol Pharmacol, 69(7), 984–993. https://doi.org/10.1139/y91-148
Muñoz Perez, I., Moreno Perez, D., Cardona Gonzalez, C., & Esteve-Lanao, J. (2012). Prediction of race pace in long distance running from blood lactate concentration around race pace. J Hum Sport Exerc, 7(4), 763–769. https://doi.org/10.4100/jhse.2012.74.04
Opitz, D., Lenzen, E., Opiolka, A., Redmann, M., Hellmich, M., Bloch, W., Brixius, K. & Brinkmann, C. (2015). Endurance training alters basal erythrocyte MCT-1 contents and affects the lactate distribution between plasma and red blood cells in T2DM men following maximal exercise. Can J Physiol Pharmacol, 93(6), 413–419. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjpp-2014-0467
Sara, F., Hardy-Dessources, M.-D., Marlin, L., Connes, P., & Hue, O. (2006). Lactate distribution in the blood compartments of sickle cell trait carriers during incremental exercise and recovery. Int J Sports Med, 27(6), 436–443. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2005-865844
Skelton, M. S., Kremer, D. E., Smith, E. W., & Gladden, L. B. (1998). Lactate influx into red blood cells from trained and untrained human subjects. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 30(4), 536–542. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005768-199804000-00011
Smith, E. W., Skelton, M. S., Kremer, D. E., Pascoe, D. D., & Gladden, L. B. (1997). Lactate distribution in the blood during progressive exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 29(5), 654–660. https://doi.org/10.1097/00005768-199705000-00011
Stegmann, H., Kindermann, W., & Schnabel, A. (1981). Lactate kinetics and individual anaerobic threshold. Int J Sports Med, 2(3), 160–165. https://doi.org/10.1055/s-2008-1034604
Varlet-Marie, E., & Brun, J.-F. (2004). Reciprocal relationships between blood lactate and hemorheology in athletes: another hemorheologic paradox? Clin Hemorheol Microcirc, 30(3-4), 331–337.
Wahl, P., Zinner, C., Yue, Z., Bloch, W., & Mester, J. (2010). Warming-Up Affects Performance and Lactate Distribution between Plasma and Red Blood Cells. J Sports Sci Med, 9(3), 499-507.
Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of Human Sport and Exercise
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.