Thermogenic capacity in shrews

Thomas E. Tomasi, Jock S. Hamilton, Barbara A Horwitz

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1. 1. Mass-independent (division of body mass to the 2/3 power) resting metabolic rates (RMR) were greater in the shrew (Sorex vagrans) than in the three rodent species studies (Peromyscus maniculatus, Reithrodontomys megalotis and Microtus montanus). 2. 2. Norepinephrine-induced nonshivering thermogenesis (NST) was not different among the four species studied, but for the shrew, was less than predicted by body mass. 3. 3. Specific GDP binding to brown fat mitochondria, an index of brown fat thermogenic capacity and thus nonshivering thermogenic capacity, was also depressed in the shrews. 4. 4. Acute (2 h) cold exposure of S. vagrans or P. maniculatus had no effect on brown fat GDP binding. 5. 5. These observations are consistent with the hypothesis that regulatory nonshivering thermogenic capacity is relatively low in shrews.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-147
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Thermal Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987


  • brown adipose tissue
  • Microtus montanus
  • mitochondrial GDP binding
  • nonshivering thermogenesis
  • Peromyscus mani culatus
  • Reithro dontomys megalotis
  • resting metabolic rate, cold-induced metabolic rate
  • Shrews
  • Sovex vagrans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Physiology


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