Proportion of Noradrenaline to Adrenaline in the Adrenal Glands of Litter-mate Cats

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IT is well known that the proportion of noradrenaline to adrenaline in the adrenal glands of cats varies considerably from cat to cat. Butterworth and Mann1 have obtained a range of 13–91 per cent of noradrenaline in the adrenal glands of a group of 38 cats of both sexes. This animal-to-animal variation is in marked contrast to most other laboratory animals, where the proportion of noradrenaline to adrenaline is constant for a given species.

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    Butterworth, K. R., and Mann, M., J. Physiol., 136, 294 (1957).

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    Shepherd, D. M., and West, G. B., Brit. J. Pharmacol., 6, 665 (1951).

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BUTTERWORTH, K., MANN, M. Proportion of Noradrenaline to Adrenaline in the Adrenal Glands of Litter-mate Cats. Nature 187, 785 (1960) doi:10.1038/187785a0

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