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Protein and Ribonucleic Acid Synthesis after Exposure to Warmth

Naturevolume 212page406 (1966) | Download Citation



VARIOUS investigators1,2 have demonstrated changes in metabolic and enzyme activity, and Hochachka3 has demonstrated changes in isoenzymes in goldfish as a result of exposure to warmth. Precht discussed the possibility that the warm adjustment may be caused by changes in enzyme activity4. Since numerous other physiological changes also occur during this process, we decided to investigate whether or not new protein synthesis is a prerequisite for it, and to examine the nature of the regulation of protein synthesis if this is a causative factor.

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    Present address: National Marine Water Quality Laboratory, Kingston, Rhode Island


  1. St. John's University, Grand Central and Utopia Parkways, Jamaica, New York



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