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Hematology and erythrocyte biochemistry of spectacled hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes conspicillatus (Macropodidae Marsupialia)

Agar, N.S. and Spencer, P.B.S. (1993) Hematology and erythrocyte biochemistry of spectacled hare-wallaby, Lagorchestes conspicillatus (Macropodidae Marsupialia). International Journal of Hematology, 58 (1-2). pp. 9-13.

Abstract

Hematology and the red cell enzymes, metabolites, and rates of lactate production were measured in a small marsupial, the spectacled hare-wallaby Lagorchestes conspicillatus. In common with other marsupials of similar body weights, the red cells of this wallaby were found to have low levels of ATP and higher levels of 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) and produced no lactate when incubated with inosine. One of the five animals examined was suffering from anemia (hematocrit of 22.0% and hemoglobin concentration of 7.2 g/dl compared with the normal values of 46.6% and 15.8 g/dl, respectively); its red cells had almost twice the concentrations of ATP and DPG and had significantly higher activities of several enzymes of the glycolytic pathway.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/30463
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