Reproduction nutrition development vol:32 issue:2 pages:135-141
The aim of the present experiment was to study the growth hormone (GH) response upon thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) challenge (2-mu-g/kg body weight) in broiler chickens selected for body weight gain (GL line: fat line) or for feed efficiency (FC line: lean line) reared at either a moderate (33-23-degrees-C) or high (33-degrees-C) ambient temperature. A higher plasma GH level at 5 min after TRH administration was observed in the high temperature conditioned chickens of both lines. Also at high ambient temperature, an enhanced GH decrease between 15 min and 30 min post-injection and a higher acute elimination rate was calculated compared to moderate ambient temperature. A significantly higher GH secretory response was observed in the leaner FC line chickens, which was probably related to the more pronounced pulsatory GH secretion rate in these chickens. There was no difference in GH acute elimination rate between both lines in both environments. No interactions between line and rearing temperature for these parameters of GH dynamics were observed.