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Quantitative and compositional changes in myelin of undernourished and protein malnourished rat brains

Reddy, PV and Das, Anasuya and Sastry, PS (1979) Quantitative and compositional changes in myelin of undernourished and protein malnourished rat brains. In: Brain Research, 161 (2). pp. 227-235.

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Abstract

Effects of undernutrition and protein malnutrition on the quantitative and qualitative changes in myelin isolated from rat brain at 3 and 8 weeks of age were investigated. Undernutrition during suckling period was induced by increasing the litter size, and continued from the 3rd to the 8th week by limited food intake, or the rats were rehabilitated with adequate food. Protein malnutrition was induced by feeding the lactating dams 5% protein diet as against 25% protein diet in controls. The protein malnourished rats were rehabilitated from the 3rd to the 8th week with the normal 25% protein diet. Undernutrition produced 16% and 35% reductions in the myelin content at 3 and 8 weeks of age, respectively, and was only partially restored on rehabilitation. Protein malnutrition caused more drastic reduction of 27% in the myelin content at 3 weeks, which was also partially restored on rehabilitation. The specific activity of 2′,3′-cyclic nucleotide 3′-phosphohydrolase was not affected by undernutrition, whereas protein malnutrition caused a 25% reduction at 3 weeks, which was totally reversed by rehabilitation. Undernutrition had not altered the relative composition of myelin proteins, but protein malnutrition resulted in a significant reduction in the proteolipid protein at 3 weeks of age, which could be reversed by rehabilitation.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 09:49
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2010 09:49
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/34177

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