Interaction of age, strain, sex and food restriction on plasma creatine kinase activity in turkeys

Paul Hocking*, MA Mitchell, Robert Bernard, DA Sandercock

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Abstract

1. Plasma creatine kinase activity was determined at 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 38 and 48 weeks of age in male and female traditional turkeys fed ad libitum , in male and female turkeys of a sire-line fed ad libitum or restricted to 0.5 during rearing and subsequently to 0.8 of sex-specific ad libitum -fed body weight, and in sire-line males fed ad libitum to 18 weeks and 0.8 of ad libitum body weight thereafter.
2. Plasma creatine kinase activity was low in traditional turkeys and increased rapidly after 12 weeks of age in males and females of the sire-line of turkeys.
3. Food restriction decreased the activity of plasma creatine kinase.
4. There was no difference in plasma creatine kinase activity between the sexes during rearing. After the onset of lay, the activity in plasma from females decreased at 38 weeks of age and rose dramatically in restricted females at 48 weeks when the birds had ceased laying.
5. The changes in plasma creatine kinase activity in females were associated with concomitant changes in ovarian activity as reflected in altered plasma triglyceride concentrations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)360-364
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Volume67
Issue number1
Publication statusPrint publication - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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