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Title: The effects of diet and age on serum complement system activity in goat kids
Authors: Castro, N. 
Acosta, F. 
Niño, T.
Vivas, J.
Quesada, E.
Capote, J. 
Argüello, A. 
Keywords: Conjugated Linoleic-Acid
Alternative Pathway
Hemolytic-Activity
Colostrum
Milk, et al
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: 1871-1413
Journal: Livestock Science 
Abstract: Thirty new born male kids were allotted into three groups to evaluate the effects of diet and age on complement system activity in serum. After the colostrum feeding period, the control group (C) received a commercial milk replacer; the CLA group received 20 g/kg milk replacer DM of conjugated linoleic acid; and the GMK group was fed with goat milk. The kids were fed colostrum for 2 days and then either milk replacer or goat milk from days 3 to 60. Blood samples were taken at 1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 days of age. The complement system activity was higher (P < 0.05) in the GMK group throughout the whole experiment through alternative pathway. C kids did not present complement activity at any time. CLA group complement activity was statistically higher than that of C kids from 30 to 60 days, through alternative pathways. In conclusion, the milk replacer formula should be reformulated because it did not induce any complement system activity in the first two months of life. (C) 2008 Elsevier BN. All rights reserved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/47882
ISSN: 1871-1413
DOI: 10.1016/j.livsci.2008.03.004
Source: Livestock Science[ISSN 1871-1413],v. 119, p. 102-106
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