Title: Enhanced specific antibody response to bovine serum albumin in pigeons due to L-carnitine supplementation
Authors: Janssens, GPJ ×
Mast, J
Goddeeris, Bruno
Cox, E
Hesta, M
De Wilde, ROM #
Issue Date: 2000
Series Title: British poultry science vol:41 issue:4 pages:448-453
Conference: date:State Univ Ghent, Anim Nutr Lab, B-9820 Merelbeke, Belgium; Lab Physiol & Immunol Domest Anim, Heverlee, Belgium; Lab Immunol & Immunopathol Domest Anim, Merelbeke, Belgium
Abstract: 1. Thirty adult female pigeons (Columba livia domestica) were randomly divided into 3 equal groups; the Ist and 2nd groups were immunised with bovine serum albumin (BSA) at 0 and 20 d, the 2nd group also received 1 g L-carnitine per litre of drinking water from 5 to 25 d post-immunisation (dpi) and the 3rd group, a control group, received neither treatment. 2. Body weights and serum samples were taken at 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 dpi. 3. Both BSA-specific IgG and IgM responses were enhanced by about 10% by L-carnitine supplementation. 4. L-carnitine supplemented pigeons showed a higher water consumption. Body weight loss during the onset of the immune response showed a slight tendency to be counteracted by L-carnitine supplementation. 5. The impact of L-carnitine on resistance and resilience to an immunological challenge is discussed.
ISSN: 0007-1668
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Gene Technology (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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