Neurochemical Research

, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp 1471–1480 | Cite as

Utilization of tyrosine and tryptophan for protein synthesis by undernourished developing rat brain

  • S. Kalyanasundaram
  • P. S. V. Ramanamurthy
Original Articles


Incorporation of tracer doses of radiolabeled tryptophan and tyrosine into brain proteins was investigated in rats malnourished during gestation and lactation. Age and time dependent increases in the radioactivity was observed in the whole homogenate and in the TCA insoluble fraction. Protein malnourished rats showed increased incorporation of tryptophan and tyrosine. However the diet restricted (Pair-fed) animals showed increased incorporation of tyrosine only. The increased incorporation may probably be due to changes in the pool size of the amino acids and effective recycling of the amino acids. The enhanced utilization in protein synthesis may also probably offer a mechanism for conservation of these amino acids.


Tyrosine Protein Synthesis Tryptophan Pool Size Insoluble Fraction 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Kalyanasundaram
    • 1
  • P. S. V. Ramanamurthy
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of NutritionIndian Council of Medical Research Jamai-Osmania P.O.HyderabadIndia

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