The effects of starvation and refeeding on muscle protein synthesis and catabolism in the young rat.

We studied the effects of acute starvation and refeeding on muscle protein synthesis and degradation in young rats. As measures of synthesis, we determined muscle RNA concentration and the rate of incorporation of [14C]leucine into skeletal muscle protein (Sm). As an estimate of nitrogen retention we measured urea production (UrP). Starvation reduced these… (More)