General Metabolism

General Metabolism

Grant Success

  1. Lipid metabolism during pregnancy
    Dr Dilys Freeman has been successful in obtaining the necessary funding for this research project.
  2. Healthy Ageing
    Food Supply, diet and membrane lipids and the determination of maximum lifespan. ARC Discovery 2007-2009 (Hulbert, Else) $300k.
  3. Omega Balance (disease links)
    Contribution of meat to dietary intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids. MLA 2003 (Howe, Meyer, Record, Baghurst), $26K.

    Effectiveness of DPA in comparison to DHA in lowering plasma triglyceride levels and other cardiovascular risk factors. MLA 2005/6 (Meyer, Mann) $99K.


  1. Lipid metabolism during pregnancy

    Meyer BJ, Freeman D. Role of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy: need for increasing awareness among women. Supplement to AgroFOOD industry hi-tech 2008;19(4):17-19.

    Sinikovic D, Yeatman HR, Cameron D, Meyer BJ. Women’s awareness of the importance of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption during pregnancy: knowledge of risks, benefits and information accessibility. Public Health Nutrition 2008 May 29:1-8 (Epub ahead of print).

    Stewart F, Rodie VA, Ramsay JE, Greer IA, Freeman DJ, Meyer BJ. Longitudinal assessment of erythrocyte fatty acid composition and concentration throughout pregnancy and in the post partum period. Lipids 2007;42(4):335-344.

  2. Healthy Ageing

    Mitchell TW, Buffenstien R and Hulbert AJ. Membrane lipid composition may contribute to exceptional longevity of the naked mole-rat (Heterocephalus glaber); a comparative study using shotgun lipidomics. Experimental Gerontology 2007; 42:1053-1062.
  3. Omega Balance (disease links)

    Meyer BJ, Lane AE, Mann NJ. Comparison of seal oil and tuna oil on plasma lipid levels and blood pressure in hypertriglyceridaemic subjects. Lipids 2009 (accepted).

    Howe PRC, Buckley J, Meyer BJ. Red meat: a source of long chain omega-3. Nutrition& Dietetics 2007;64(Suppl 4):S135-S139.

    Howe PRC, Meyer BJ, Record S, Baghurst K. Dietary intake of long chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids: contribution of meat sources. Nutrition. 2006 Jan;22(1):47-53.

    Meyer BJ, Mann NJ, Lewis JL, Milligan GC, Sinclair AJ, Howe PRC. Dietary intakes and food sources of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Lipids 2003:38;391-398.

    Giacco R, Cuomo V, Vessby B, Uusitupa M, Hermansen K, Meyer BJ, Riccardi G, Rivellese AA. KANWU Study Group. Fish oil, insulin metabolism and glucose tolerance in healthy people: is there any effect in relation to the type of background diet and habitual dietary intake of n-6 and n-3 fatty acids? Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases 2007;17:572-58.

    Meyer, BJ. Functional Foods: Nuts, Seeds and Heart Health. Journal of Complimentary Medicine 2005:4(4):44-48.

    Berner, NJ, Else PL, Hulbert AJ, Mantle BL, Cramp RL, Franklin CE (2009) Metabolic depression during aestivation does not involve remodeling of membrane fatty acids in two Australian frogs. J. Exp Biol. (in press 5/5/09).

    Seebacher F, Murray SA, Else PL (2009) Thermal acclimation and regulation of metabolism in a reptile (Crocodylus porosus): The importance of transcriptional mechanisms and membrane composition. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (in press /05/09 Manuscript # PBZ-8260R1).

    Nguyen KTD, Shin J-W, Rae C, Nanitos EK, Acosta GB, Pow DV, Buljan V, Bennett MR, Else PL and Balcar VJ (2009) Rottlerin inhibits (Na+,K+)-ATPase activity in brain tissue and alters D-aspartate dependent redistribution of glutamate transporter GLAST in cultured Astrocytes. Neurochemical Research 2009;34(10): 1767-1774.

    Else PL and Mansfield KJ (2008) Investigating pathways of sodium entry into liver cells of an endotherm and an ectotherm. 4th CPB Meeting in Africa: Mara 2008. “Molecules to migration: The pressures of life” (Ed S. Morris & A. Vosloo). Medimond Publishing Co, via Maserati 6/2, 40124 Bologna, Italy. Pages 75 –81.

    Guderley H, N Turner, Else PL & Hulbert AJ (2005) Why are some mitochondria more powerful than others: Insights from comparisons of muscle mitochondria from three terrestrial vertebrates. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 142:172-180.

    Hulbert, AJ & Else PL (2005) Membranes and setting the setting of energy demand. Journal of Experimental Biology 208: 1593-1599.

    Abbott, SK, Else PL, Hulbert AJ (2009) Membrane fatty acid composition of rat skeletal muscle is most responsive to the balance of dietary n-3 and n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. British Journal of Nutrition (in press 31/08/09 Manuscript # 014040RR).