Acta Vet. Brno 2015, 84: 237-242

Plasma amylin concentration in suckling goat neonates and its relationship with C-reactive protein, selected biochemical and hormonal indicators

Saime Guzel1, Deniz Belenli1, Artun Yibar2

1Uludag University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biochemistry, Bursa, Turkey
2Uludag University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Hygiene and Technology, Bursa, Turkey

Received November 26, 2014
Accepted May 13, 2015

Amylin is a recently discovered neuropeptide hormone that belongs to the calcitonin gene-related peptide family. It is co-secreted with insulin in response to feed intake. In goat kids, neonatal mortality and morbidity seems to be relatively higher than in other farm species. This high mortality and morbidity in goat kids may be associated with underdeveloped metabolism and immune system during the first week of life. The main objectives of this study were to determine amylin concentration and its relationship with some hormones, biochemical indicators and with a general inflammatory marker, CRP (C-reactive protein) in goat neonates. Blood samples were collected from 30 Saanen goat neonates at 20–35 days of age. Plasma amylin and other hormone concentrations were measured by ELISA, whereas serum biochemical indices were analysed by spectrophotometry. The mean values of plasma amylin concentrations were 9.07 ± 0.25 pmol/l. Plasma amylin concentrations were positively correlated with plasma non-esterified fatty acids, CRP, prolactin, cortisol, insulin; however, a negative correlation was determined between plasma amylin and serum triglyceride concentrations. The current study suggests that amylin contents are strongly associated with circulating concentrations of some hormones and with those of CRP in Saanen goat kids.


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