Martin 1999 PBZ

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Martin SL, Maniero GD, Carey C, Hand SC (1999) Reversible depression of oxygen consumption in isolated liver mitochondria during hibernation. Physiol. Biochem. Zool. 72:255-64.

» PMID: 10222320

Martin SL, Maniero GD, Carey C, Hand SC (1999) Physiol Biochem Zool

Abstract: The biochemical mechanisms by which hibernators cool as they enter torpor are not fully understood. In order to examine whether rates of substrate oxidation vary as a function of hibernation, liver mitochondria were isolated from telemetered ground squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis) in five phases of their annual hibernation cycle: summer active, and torpid, interbout aroused, entrance, and arousing hibernators. Rates of state 3 and state 4 respiration were measured in vitro at 25 degrees C. Relative to mitochondria from summer-active animals, rates of state 3 respiration were significantly depressed in mitochondria from torpid animals yet fully restored during interbout arousals. These findings indicate that a depression of ADP-dependent respiration in liver mitochondria occurs during torpor and is reversed during the interbout arousals to euthermia. Because this inhibition was determined to be temporally independent of entrance and arousal, it is unlikely that active suppression of state 3 respiration causes entrance into torpor by facilitating metabolic depression. In contrast to the observed depression of state 3 respiration in torpid animals, state 4 respiration did not differ significantly among any of the five groups, suggesting that alterations in proton leak are not contributing appreciably to downregulation of respiration in hibernation.

Keywords: DatLab - separate application; Hibernation, Spermophilus lateralis

O2k-Network Lab: US LA Baton Rouge Hand SC


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Organism: Other mammals  Tissue;cell: Liver  Preparation: Isolated mitochondria 




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