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Chronic administration of leptin in Asian Blue Quail

Författare och institution:
Mare Lõhmus (Zoologiska institutionen); L. Fredrik Sundström (-); Bengt Silverin (Zoologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Experimental Zoology Part a-Comparative Experimental Biology, 305A ( 1 ) s. 13-22
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
It is well known that leptin has the capacity to reduce food intake, cause body weight loss, and increase energy expenditure in several vertebrate species. In this study, we investigated the effects of chronically elevated leptin levels on behavior and physiology of Asian Blue Quail (Coturnix chinensis). Fifteen male quail were treated with chicken leptin dissolved in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) via subcutaneously inserted osmotic pumps that released approximately 1 mu g/g body weight/day during a 14-day period. Another 15 males acted as controls and their pumps released PBS only. All males were housed together with two females. We observed a decrease in body weight and feeding behavior in leptin-treated birds, but not in control birds, after 2 days of treatment. Thereafter, all birds increased in weight. Males treated with leptin were more active and more likely to preen the day after the beginning of the treatment. Plasma cholesterol levels in leptin birds decreased during the first week of treatment and plasma triglycerides tended to remain lower compared to the controls during the whole 2-week period of treatment. Glucose levels appeared stable during the observation period. Leptin-treated males remained closer to accompanying females than did control males, and females together with leptin males took longer to lay their first egg compared to females together with control males. This is the first article showing the effect of leptin on cholesterol and triglyceride levels in birds. We also observed a change in the activity and male-female interaction pattern in tested quail.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Biologiska vetenskaper
food-intake, glucose-utilization, chicken leptin, japanese-quail, insulin action, receptor gene, weight-loss, ob/ob mice, in-vivo, rats
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2007-05-11 11:52

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