Influence of alpha-ketoglutarate on bone mineral density of the femur in piglets
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: BULLETIN OF THE VETERINARY INSTITUTE IN PULAWY
Förlag: National Veterinary Research Institute
The aim of this study was to determine the influence of daily oral administration of alpha-ketoglutarate (AKG) on bone mineral density of the femur and concentration of 17-beta-oestradiol in blood plasma during 70 d of postnatal life in piglets. All the animals were kept under standard rearing conditions. AKG was administered orally from the 1(st) d of life, while the control piglets were treated in the same way and time with physiological saline. The experimental and control groups were assigned to 6 age subgroups: 3, 14, 21, 35, 56 and 70 d of life. The animals from both groups were euthanised, then bone samples were collected and frozen at -25 degrees C until further analyses. Using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA method) bone mineral density of the femora was estimated. Additionally, 17-beta-oestradiol concentration in blood plasma was assayed using RIA-test. The obtained results indicate positive influence of enteral AKG administration on bone mineral density of the femur in piglets. Moreover, AKG increased the level of 17-beta-oestradiol in blood plasma in post-weaned piglets.
- bone mineral density
- ISSN: 0042-4870