Age Changes in Adenine Nucleotides in Flight Muscle of Male House Fly

Science  12 May 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3463, pp. 1476-1477
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3463.1476


Under standard conditions of temperature, humidity, and (artificial) diet, loss in flight ability is paralleled by a decline of up to 66⅔ percent in activity of enzymes dephosphorylating organophosphorous compounds in the thoracic flight muscle. Concomitantly, the content of adenosine triphosphate in the flight muscle increases five times, while the content of adenosine monophosphate correspondingly diminishes.