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FEBS Lett. 1984 Oct 15;176(1):16-20.

Reduced maximum capacity of glycolysis in brown adipose tissue of genetically obese, diabetic (db/db) mice and its restoration following treatment with a thermogenic beta-adrenoceptor agonist.


The maximal activities of the key glycolytic enzymes hexokinase and 6-phosphofructokinase, were reduced in brown adipose tissue in db/db mice compared to their lean littermates. Treatment of db/db mice with the thermogenic beta-adrenoceptor agonist, BRL 26830, restored normoglycaemia. The only significant increase in activity of hexokinase and 6-phosphofructokinase in the BRL 26830-treated db/db mice occurred in brown adipose tissue where the total tissue activity increased 10- and 11-fold respectively. These changes together with increased 2-deoxyglucose uptake in vivo suggest that brown adipose tissue can play a quantitatively important role in the removal of glucose from the blood.

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