Effects of fasting on hepatic lipid content, fatty acid oxidation and blood ketone bodies. (A) Hepatic triglyceride content was measured in lipid extracts from livers of male and female rats (n = 4 rats/group). (B) Rate of fatty acid oxidation was determined in liver homogenates from male and female rats (n = 4 rats/group). (C) Circulating levels of ketone bodies were measured in a drop of blood collected from the tip of the tail (n = 3-5 rats/group). Data are represented as means ± SEM, and asterisks indicate significant differences compared to the corresponding non-starved group as determined by Student's t-test.
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