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Fatty acid oxidation by the flight muscles of the dragonfly,Pantala flavescens

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Journal of Insect Physiology
0022-1910
Publisher
Elsevier
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Volume
19
Issue
5
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DOI: 10.1016/0022-1910(73)90029-2

Abstract

Abstract The dragonfly, Pantala flavescens, remains air-borne for many hours and should be expected to utilize fat during its prolonged flight. In vitro studies on fatty acid oxidation in the flight muscles of this insect have revealed that the muscles are capable of oxidizing butyrate, octanoate, palmitate, and stearate. However, there seems to be a preferential oxidation of short chain fatty acids. Added carnitine appears to have a stimulatory effect on palmitic acid oxidation in the homogenate as well as in the mitochondrial preparation.

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