Energy metabolism in late preimplantation rat embryos.


The consumption of pyruvate and glucose, and the production of lactate, by single preimplantation embryos, was measured using a noninvasive technique. Embryos were cultured in 300-500-nl microdrops, for 8-12 h at a time, from Day 4 to Day 6 after mating, when they developed from the 8-cell stage to expanded blastocyst. Pyruvate was the predominant substrate… (More)