James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson

Professor, Applied Animal Biology

Director, UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre



MacMillan 193, 2357 Main Mall

UBC Dairy Education & Research Centre

University of California, Davis, 1971, PhD, Physiology

Animal Biochemistry

Dr. Thompson’s recent work includes characterization of branched chain amino acid, methionine and glutamine metabolism in skeletal muscles from mammalian and avian species and determination of the regulation of skeletal muscle protein turnover by glutamine, ketone bodies and environmental temperature. Currently he is exploring the response of large animals to stressors.

Research Projects

The metabolic responses of animals to stressors. Currently emphasis is being placed on dairy cattle as an experimental model animal.

New senior undergraduate/graduate student course under development; Biochemical and physiological mechanisms of animal responses to stressors.

Samuels, S.E., T.A. McAllister, and J.R. Thompson 2000. Skeletal and cardiac muscle protein turnover during long-term exposure to high environmental temperatures in young rats. Can. J. Phys. Pharm. 78: 557-564.

McAllister, T. A., J.R. Thompson and S.E. Samuels, 2000. Skeletal and cardiac muscle protein turnover during cold acclimation in young rats. Am. J. Physiol. 278: R705-R711.

Zhou, X. and J.R. Thompson 1997. Regulation of protein turnover by glutamine in heat shocked skeletal myotubes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1357: 234-242.

Zhou, X. and J.R. Thompson 1996. Regulation of glutamate dehydrogenase by branched-chain amino acids in skeletal muscle from rats and chicks. Intl. J. Biochem. & Cell Biol. 78: 787-793.

Samuels, S.E., J.R. Thompson and R.J. Christopherson 1996. Skeletal and cardiac muscle protein turnover during short-term cold exposure and rewarming in young rats. Am. J. Physiol. 270: R1231-R1237.

Okine, E.K., D.R. Glimm, J.R. Thompson and J.J. Kennelly, 1995. Influence of stage of lactation on glucose and glutamine metabolism in isolated enterocytes from dairy cattle. Metabolism 44: 325-331.

He, P., F.X. Aherne, A.L. Schaefer, J.R. Thompson, T.Nakano, and S.D.M. Jones, 1994. Differentiation of the effects of somatropin and enhanced growth rate on the occurrence of osteochondrosis in pigs. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 74: 251-255.

Scott, S.L., R.J. Christopherson, J.R. Thompson and V.E. Baracos, 1993. The effect of a cold environment on protein and energy metabolism in calves. British Journal of Nutrition 69: 127-139.