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Biol Chem Hoppe Seyler. 1995 Nov;376(11):691-4.

Assessment of lipid peroxidation in rats of different body weight by determining expired ethane.

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Forschungsinstitut für Kinderernährung, Dortmund, Germany.


Expired ethane is regarded as an indicator of reactive oxygen species induced lipid peroxidation. We investigated whether Wistar rats of different body weights (BW: 78 +/- 6, 121 +/- 12 and 347 +/- 30 g) and hence different metabolic rates per unit weight, expire different amounts of ethane. We found that expired ethane (pmol/100 g BW/min) decreases with increasing BW (8.6 +/- 1.8, 6.3 +/- 1.5 and 2.8 +/- 0.6, respectively). These values aas well as a recently published average value of 1.0 pmol ethane/100 g BW/min for healthy humans (average BW: 78 kg) indicate a positive relationship between lipid peroxidation and metabolic rate.

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