A method for the evaluation of the rate of fatty acid accumulation and recycling in adipose tissue in vitro is described. The influence of insulin on fatty acid accumulation in adipose tissue is shown to be greater than its influence on fatty acid manufacture. This was achieved by the ability of the hormone to reduce the rate at which fatty acid was mobilised from the adipose tissue. It is proposed that studies of the total fatty acid balance in this tissue will provide a better understanding of the effects of hormones on overfatness in meat animals than a study which simply addresses the rate of fatty acid manufacture.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 47, , 61-64, 1987
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