Modulation of circulating purines and pyrimidines by physical exercise in the horse.

Barbara Tavazzi, Angela Maria Amorini, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Salvatore Antonio Longo

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This study was designed to examine the influence of sub-maximal exercise on purine and pyrimidine catabolism in horses. Ten horses were initially trained for 12 weeks at the end of which they underwent a standardized exercise test (SET); venous blood samples were taken at rest, 5 and 30 min after the SET. Six untrained healthy horses, from which a blood withdrawal was taken at rest, were used as the control group. Samples were analyzed by HPLC for the simultaneous determination of uric acid, uridine, β-pseudouridine and creatinine in plasma. Glucose and lactate were measured in blood. Trained horses had basal uridine levels significantly lower than sedentary horses. The SET caused significant increase in plasma uric acid, uridine, β-pseudouridine and creatinine. Following the SET, a significant negative correlation was found between plasma uridine and glucose, whilst a significant positive correlation was observed between plasma uric acid and creatinine. These results indicate that increase in energy demand during exercise in the horse causes not only the degradation of purine but also of pyrimidine compounds, the latter possibly exerting a control on glucose uptake as also demonstrated in human beings.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)549-556
Numero di pagine8
RivistaEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011


  • horse
  • physical exercise
  • purines
  • pyrimidines


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