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Metabolism of Propionate by Homogenates of Normal Sheep Liver

Naturevolume 192pages868870 (1961) | Download Citation



PROPIONIC acid, one of the major products of cellulose fermentation in the ruminant stomach, is of unique importance in the carbohydrate economy of the sheep1, in addition to its presumed function as a direct source of energy. Following injection of propionate into the blood-stream of a fasting sheep, there may be observed both a sharp rise in blood glucose2, and an increase in the rate of consumption of oxygen of the animal.

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  1. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Division of Biochemistry and General Nutrition, University of Adelaide, South Australia

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