Relationship between Locomotory Habits and Enzyme Concentration in Insects

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Science  16 Mar 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3507, pp. 918
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3507.918


The activity of alpha-glycerol phosphate dehydrogenase has been measured in muscles from four insect species. In flying insects the enzyme activity is much greater per unit weight for flight muscles than for leg muscles. The results indicate a direct relationship between muscle levels of the enzyme and habitual mode of locomotion.