Nitrate synthesis in the germfree and conventional rat

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Science  03 Apr 1981:
Vol. 212, Issue 4490, pp. 56-58
DOI: 10.1126/science.6451927


Metabolic balance studies show that germfree and conventional Sprague-Dawley rats synthesize nitrate. Equivalent results for germfree and conventional rats eliminate the microflora as obligatory components of nitrate production. Nitrate synthesis appears to be a mammalian process.

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