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Pros and cons for the evidence of adaptive non-shivering thermogenesis in marsupials

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Jastroch, M and Polymeropoulos, ET and Gaudry, MJ, Pros and cons for the evidence of adaptive non-shivering thermogenesis in marsupials, Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 191, (6) pp. 1085-1095. ISSN 0174-1578 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00360-021-01362-0

Abstract

The thermogenic mechanisms supporting endothermy are still not fully understood in all major mammalian subgroups. In placental mammals, brown adipose tissue currently represents the most accepted source of adaptive non-shivering thermogenesis. Its mitochondrial protein UCP1 (uncoupling protein 1) catalyzes heat production, but the conservation of this mechanism is unclear in non-placental mammals and lost in some placentals. Here, we review the evidence for and against adaptive non-shivering thermogenesis in marsupials, which diverged from placentals about 120-160 million years ago. We critically discuss potential mechanisms that may be involved in the heat-generating process among marsupials.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:marsupials, adaptive non-shivering thermogenesis, brown adipose tissue, endothermy
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecological physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Polymeropoulos, ET (Dr Elias Polymeropoulos)
ID Code:150612
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2022-06-22
Last Modified:2022-06-22
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