Lipolysis in brown adipose tissue of cold- and heat-acclimated hamsters

T. Rabi, Y. Cassuto, A. Gutman

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    Rates of release of free fatty acids (FFA) and glycerol to the incubation medium by brown adipose tissue (BAT) slices isolated from heat-acclimated (H), cold-acclimated (C), and control (N) hamsters in the absence or presence of epinephrine (E) were studied. Rates of FFA and glycerol release by tissue slices isolated from H and N animals were similar. In tissue slices isolated from C animals, rate of release of FFA and glycerol was three times as high. Addition of E to the incubation medium (200 μg/ml) had no effect on the rate of FFA and glycerol release of slices from C animals, but tripled the rates of slices from N, resulting in similar values for the two groups. In slices from H animals, the rate of release was lower than in the other two groups, increasing only 1.5-fold. Pretreatment of animals with triiodothyronine (T3; 0.8 μg/100 g daily for 7 days) doubled the rates of FFA and glycerol release. Addition of E to the medium affected both pretreated and nontreated slices similarly. Two possible mechanisms by which temperature acclimation controls the lipolytic rate of BAT are suggested by the concentration of specific enzymes and cellular metabolites and hormones which activate existing systems. It seems that both operate in temperature-acclimated hamsters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1007-1011
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Applied Physiology Respiratory Environmental and Exercise Physiology
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 1 Jan 1977

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physiology
    • Endocrinology


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