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


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


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:6
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Deposited On:2022-06-22
Last Modified:2022-10-05
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