Bernard Lanz1, Lijing Xin1, Rolf Gruetter1,2
1Laboratory for Functional
& Metabolic Imaging, Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne,
[2-13C]acetate infusion coupled with 13C MRS enables the separate assessment of glial and neuronal Krebs cycle fluxes and the determination of the apparent neurotransmission flux with higher accuracy than 13C labeled glucose, due to the glial specificity of acetate metabolism. Furthermore, these fluxes are determined with different precisions, which might strongly depend on the experimental conditions. In this study, we analyze the effect of the experiment duration, the time resolution and the noise level of the data on the standard deviation of the neuroglial fluxes, determined with Monte-Carlo simulation.