Lack of correlation between hepatic mitochondrial membrane structure and functions in ethanol-fed rats

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Science  18 Jun 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4552, pp. 1319-1321
DOI: 10.1126/science.7079764


A current hypothesis suggests that alterations in the chemical composition and the subsequent changes in the structure of the membrane could account for the functional derangements observed in the hepatic mitochondria of animals fed ethanol for extended periods. An examination of this hypothesis reveals that the liver mitochondria of ethanol-fed rats show a dissociation between the respiratory functions and the lipid composition and microviscosity of the membranes.