Effect of age on the concentrations of amino acids in the plasma of healthy foals.

S. C. Zicker, M. S. Spensley, Quinton Rogers, N. H. Willits

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Abstract

The concentrations of 23 amino acids in the plasma of 13 healthy foals were determined before suckling, when foals were 1 to 2 days old, 5 to 7 days old, 12 to 14 days old, and 26 to 28 days old. The ratio of the branched chain amino acids to the aromatic amino acids was also calculated at the 5 time points. Analysis of the concentrations at the 5 ages revealed a significant temporal relationship for each amino acid ranging from a polynomial order of 1 to 4 inclusively. There were significant differences between several concentrations of amino acids in plasma at specific sample times; however, no consistent patterns were revealed. The concentrations of amino acids in healthy foals were markedly different from previously determined values in adult horses. The significant differences in the concentrations of amino acids in plasma of healthy foals at the 5 ages may represent developmental aspects of amino acid metabolism or nutrition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1014-1018
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume52
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 1991

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  • veterinary(all)

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