High-Energy Phosphates during Long-Term Hibernation

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Science  15 May 1959:
Vol. 129, Issue 3359, pp. 1363-1364
DOI: 10.1126/science.129.3359.1363


Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and phosphocreatine (PC) show contrasting levels in muscle and liver after short and long periods of hibernation. In prolonged hibernation cardiac and skeletal muscle PC continues to maintain ATP, but at lower levels. In the liver, control levels for these compounds are regained.