Effect of protein level and inanition on the glutamine content of rat tissues

Tigerman, H.; Macvicar, R.W.

Proceedings Society Exptl Biol and Med 72(3): 651-653


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Glutamine levels of rat tissues showed a marked increase as the protein level of a casein-sucrose ration was decreased. The highest glutamine content was found in those animals consuming a protein-free ration. Increased glutamine was also observed upon inanition. After 95 hrs. starvation, tissue values similar to those found in rats subsisting on a protein deficient ration were attained. In both inanition and protein depletion studies, plasma glutamine levels, which were of a much decreased order of magnitude, did not show such variation.