Lipid metabolism in the newborn heart.

  title={Lipid metabolism in the newborn heart.},
  author={B Wittels and Rubin Bressler},
  journal={The Journal of clinical investigation},
  volume={44 10},
In recent years long chain fatty acids have been shown to be the principal metabolic fuel of the adult heart (1-3). For the tissues of the mammalian fetus, however, carbohydrates rather than lipids appear to serve as the primary source of energy (4, 5). This difference in energy metabolism related to maturation suggested that the heart of the newborn, in contrast to that of the adult, might be unable to utilize long chain fatty acids and perforce must rely on glucose as the major substrate for… CONTINUE READING