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Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1992 Jan-Feb;101(1-2):189-92.

Uridine uptake and RNA synthesis in the brain of torpid and awakened ground squirrels.

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Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics, Academy of Sciences of USSR, Pushchino, Moscow Region.


1. Uptake of [3H]uridine into the nucleotide precursor pool after intraventricular injection occurs with the same intensity in the brain of torpid and normothermic awakened ground squirrels. This indicates that the membrane uridine transporters and uridine kinases operate in the hibernator's brain in a hypothermia-tolerant way. 2. Utilization of the [3H]uridine pool for synthesis of the rapidly labelled RNA in the brain of torpid ground squirrels falls more than eight times against RNA labelling in the brain of the active animals between bouts of hibernation. 3. Two hours from the beginning of the artificially provoked awakening, RNA uridine incorporation in the brain of ground squirrels has risen 6.5 times. 4. Drastic changes in [3H]uridine RNA labelling under the stable uridine uptake exclude the precursors and energy supply as the main factors determining changes in intensity of the brain RNA synthesis in the different stages of hibernation.

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