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Physiol Behav. 1990 Nov;48(5):749-53.

Rates of cerebral protein synthesis are linked to slow wave sleep in the rat.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.


Using L-[1-14C]leucine autoradiography, rates of cerebral and local cerebral protein synthesis were studied during wakefulness, slow wave sleep (SWS) and REM sleep in the rat. In the cerebrum as a whole, the rate at which labelled leucine was incorporated into tissues was positively correlated with the occurrence of slow wave sleep. We failed to observe a significant correlation of protein synthesis rate with either wakefulness or REM sleep. As in the cerebrum as a whole, most discrete brain regions showed moderate positive correlations between the occurrence of SWS and rates of protein synthesis. There were no brain regions in which rates of protein synthesis showed striking correlations with sleep-wake states. Thus, the occurrence of SWS is associated with higher rates of protein synthesis throughout the brain. These data suggest that SWS sleep favors the restoration of cerebral proteins.

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