Orotic Acid pp 31-34 | Cite as

Induction of Fatty Liver in Rats



The administration of a purified diet supplemented with 1% orotic acid induces in rats a rapid accumulation of lipids in the liver [290]. Such an effect is species specific and does not seem to occur in humans. The deposition of triglycerides in the liver, accompanied by a decrease in the concentration of plasma lipids, is a common and characteristic feature of fatty liver induced by various drugs. The earliest biochemical change [291,292] detected in rats given orotic acid is an increase in the pool of uridine nucleotides paralleled by a concomitant reduction of the level of adenine nucleotides and the oxidized and reduced forms of NAD.


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© A. Čihák and W. Reutter 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Organic Chemistry and BiochemistryCzechoslovakia Academy of Sciences PragueCzechoslovakia
  2. 2.Institut für Molekularbiologie und Biochemie der Freien UniversitätBerlinGermany

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