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The effect of prolonged administration of NaF on the metabolism of (guinea pig) Purkinje cells in the cerebellar cortex was studied by histochemical methods. Experimentation showed an intensification of the metabolic activity of the mitochondria and probably of the membrane system of the endoplasmic reticulum, activation of the complex of enzymes connected with active transport through membrane structures of cells and the absence of perceptible changes in the process of protein synthesis in experimental animals as compared with controls. The intensified activity of the enymatic complexes is probably connected with the excitation of the neurons provoked by the introduction of a toxic substance.