Protein Turnover in Malnutrition, Obesity and Injury

  • J. C. Waterlow
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


During the last ten years there has been a great increase in interest in trying to find out the rate at which protein is synthesized and broken down in the body under different conditions. In animals we can make measurements on individual tissues, but this is very difficult in man, and we have to content ourselves with estimates of the overall rate of turnover in the whole body. Although all the methods for measuring total protein turnover are open to theoretical objections, I think that all the same useful comparative results can be obtained, even though the absolute values may be in error.


Protein Synthesis Protein Turnover Muscle Protein Synthesis Breakdown Rate Muscle Protein Breakdown 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Waterlow
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  1. 1.Dept. of Human NutritionLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical MedicineLondonUK

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