Journal of comparative physiology

, Volume 108, Issue 3, pp 243–254 | Cite as

Untersuchungen zum anaeroben Glykogenabbau beiTubifex tubifex M.

  • U. Schöttler
  • G. Schroff

Anaerobic degradation of glycogen inTubifex tubifex M.


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    The activities of glycolytic enzymes and of related enzymes of anaerobic carbohydrate metabolism were determined inTubifex. The complete line of glycolytic enzymes was detected (Table 1). Only very little lactate dehydrogenase activity could be detected, while high activities of enzymes essential for the production of alanine and succinate are present.

  2. 2.

    Under anaerobic conditions, lactate, alanine, succinate and volatile fatty acids are formed from14C-labeled glucose (Tables 2 and 3).

  3. 3.

    Glycogen degradation was measured under anaerobic conditions (Fig. 1).

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    During anaerobiosis a significant increase of alanine, succinate, propionate and acetate was found. However, the concentration of lactate increased only slightly. After an initial increase within the first 24 h of anaerobiosis, the concentration of alanine remained constant. Succinate, on the other hand, accumulated continuously during 48 h of anaerobiosis, reaching concentrations of 150 μmol/g dry weight (Table 4, Fig. 2).

  5. 5.

    The major end products of fermentation were identified as propionate and acetate. Both are excreted in substantial amounts (Table 5).

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    The amount of anaerobic end products equals the amount of glycogen metabolized (Table 6).



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Authors and Affiliations

  • U. Schöttler
    • 1
  • G. Schroff
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für TierphysiologieZoologisches Institut der Universität MünsterMünsterBundesrepublik Deutschland

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