1. The incorporation of [32P]phosphate into phospholipids was measured in slices cut from the pial surface of guinea-pig cerebral cortex; incorporation into the phosphorus of some water-soluble precursors of phospholipid was measured under similar conditions. 2. Slices subjected to overall electrical stimulation at a frequency of 5pulses/sec. differed from control slices in their pattern of phospholipid labelling. After 1hr. of stimulation, incorporation of [32P]phosphate into phosphatidylcholine, ethanolamine phospholipid and cardiolipin was respectively 54, 55 and 58% of the control value, and that into phosphatidylinositol was 186% of control. Phosphatidic acid labelling tended to increase with electrical stimulation, but the statistical significance of this change was marginal. Labelling of phosphatidylglycerol and di- and tri-phosphoinositides was not affected significantly by electrical stimulation. 3. Electrical stimulation of the tissue altered the specific radioactivities of water-soluble precursors of phospholipid. 4. The turnover rates of the phosphate groups of phospholipids were estimated approximately from the specific radioactivities of phospholipids and their precursors. Phosphatidylinositol (and its lipid-soluble precursors) showed the largest change in turnover rate in response to electrical stimulation of the tissue; the turnover rates of other lipids were also affected. Changes in the specific radioactivity of phospholipids did not correspond to changes in turnover in these experiments.
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