The replenishment of lipid reserves of adipocytes following the removal of litters from lactating rats is associated with a 3-fold decrease in both the response of lipolysis to noradrenaline and the maximum rate of lipolysis (measured in the presence of noradrenaline plus adenosine deaminase); these adaptations do not appear to result from the changes in serum prolactin and insulin concentrations that occur on litter removal.

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