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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 10:52 AM

Naked mole-rats 'turn into plants' when oxygen is low

Deprived of oxygen, naked mole-rats can survive by metabolizing fructose just as plants do, researchers report this week in the journal Science.

Understanding how the animals do this could lead to treatments for patients suffering crises of oxygen deprivation, as in heart attacks and strokes.

"This is just the latest remarkable discovery about the naked mole-rat -- a cold-blooded mammal that lives decades longer than other rodents, rarely gets cancer, and doesn't feel many types of pain," says Thomas Park, professor of biological sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who led an international team of researchers from UIC, the Max Delbrück Institute in Berlin and the University of Pretoria in South Africa on the study.

In humans, laboratory mice, and all other known mammals, when brain cells are starved of oxygen they run out of energy and begin to die.

But naked mole-rats have a backup: their brain cells start burning fructose, which produces energy anaerobically through a metabolic pathway that is only used by plants -- or so scientists thought.

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https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170420141844.htm

Pretty amazing critters....

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 21, 2017, 10:58 AM

1. Do some mole-rats wear pants?

I'm confused.

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Fri Apr 21, 2017, 03:29 PM

2. No wonder thost bastards are so tough to kill in my Fallout Shelter

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Response to NickB79 (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 25, 2017, 02:46 PM

3. I totally thought mole-rats were a made up thing in the Fallout universe ...

Will I next read a serious article about the abilities of SuperMutants and Feral Ghouls?

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