Nutrition and Protein Turnover in Man

  • P. J. Reeds
  • P. J. Garlick
Part of the Advances in Nutritional Research book series (ASIB, volume 110)


The healthy young adult synthesizes and degrades at least 200 g of tissue protein each day (Waterlow et al., 1978a). By comparison, the dietary intake of protein is typically only one-third of this value. Measurements in man and in a number of other species have shown that there is an approximate parallelism between the rate of protein turnover by the whole body and a number of other metabolic parameters, such as the requirement for dietary protein (Young et al., 1975) and basal energy expenditure (Munro, 1964; Waterlow, 1968). Indeed, the expenditure of metabolic energy is required for the formation of peptide bonds; at a conservative estimate, the energy cost of protein synthesis accounts for 20% of oxygen consumption.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Reeds
    • 1
  • P. J. Garlick
    • 2
  1. 1.Protein Biochemistry DepartmentRowett Research InstituteAberdeenScotland
  2. 2.London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism UnitHospital for Tropical DiseasesLondonUK

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