Life in the slow lane: molecular mechanisms of estivation.

  title={Life in the slow lane: molecular mechanisms of estivation.},
  author={Kenneth B. Storey},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  volume={133 3},
  • Kenneth B. Storey
  • Published 2002 in
    Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A…
Estivation is a state of aerobic hypometabolism used by organisms to endure seasonally arid conditions, often in desert environments. Estivating species are often active for only a few weeks each year to feed and breed and then retreat to estivate in sheltered sites, often underground. In general, estivation includes a strong reduction in metabolic rate, a primary reliance on lipid oxidation to fuel metabolism, and methods of water retention, both physical (e.g. cocoons) and metabolic (e.g… CONTINUE READING
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