Glucuronuria in the Koala
McLean, Stuart; Brandon, Sue; Davies, Noel; Boyle, Rebecca; Foley, William; Moore, Ben; Pass, Georgia
Glucuronuria is normal in marsupial folivores such as the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), which excretes 2-3 g glucuronic acid daily. Although this has long been attributed to the metabolites of Eucalyptus terpenes, we have found that these are mostly excreted in the unconjugated form. We now report on the aglycones that account for most of the glucuronic acid in koala urine. Urine (24 hr) was collected from six male koalas (8.8 ± 0.4 kg, mean ± SE) that were maintained on E. cephalocarpa...[Show more]
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