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Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1979;64(1):91-5.

Effect of temperature on protein synthesis in fish of the Galapagos and Perlas Islands.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York 10021.


1. The temperature dependency of protein synthesis was studied in vivo in five species of Pacific fish collected in the Galapagos and Perlas Islands: batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini), groupers (Epinephelus labriformis), catfish (Netuma platypogan), puffers (Arothron hispidus) and triggerfish (Sufflamen verres). 2. Liver protein synthesis, assayed by a rapid pulse injection technique, showed a moderate temperature dependency (Q10 = 2-3) in the 15-30 degree C range for all species except puffers (Q10 = 10-20). Synthesis was inhibited above 32 degrees C. 3. Protein synthesis in triggerfish was measured by the constant-infusion technique. Synthetic rates (% of tissue protein synthesized per day) at 25 degrees C were 20% for liver, 10% for gill, 1.8% for red muscle and 0.6% for white muscle. Q10 in the 20 degrees-30 degrees C range was 3.0 +/- 0.5 degrees C for all tissues.

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