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Arzneimittelforschung. 1982;32(7):738-41.

The effects of D- and/or L-aspartic acids on the total weight of body, the weights of certain organs, and their protein, triglyceride and glycogen content.

Abstract

125 rats which were divided into five groups were deprived of food or given orally D- (a potent inhibitor for L-asparaginase) and/or L-aspartic acids (Asp) for one week. The body weights before and at the end of the experiment were determined as well as post mortem the weights of brain, liver and kidneys, their protein contents, and the liver triglyceride and glycogen contents. D- and D+L-Asp caused significant decreases in the weights of body and liver, and in daily fluid intake; in addition liver and kidney protein, and liver triglyceride and glycogen contents were found to be lower than control. On the other hand, the food-deprived group which was subjected to more or less the same body weight loss due to food deprivation showed only a decrease in the liver triglyceride content. Since D-amino acids cause naloxone reversible analgesia which is, thus, considered as an involvement of endorphinergic system and of vasopressin, the effects of D-Asp were attributed to the changes in the availability of opioids and vasopressin, which simultaneously have an effect on each other as well as an effect of the release of ACTH. L-Asp appeared to antagonize the effects of D-Asp. Because L-Asp antagonizes the acute and chronic effects of morphine, including that on L-asparaginase activity, the hypothesis is proposed that the antagonizing effects of L-Asp observed may be caused at the level of L-asparaginase activity.

PMID:
6889874
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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