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Volume 51, issue 5
Arch. Anim. Breed., 51, 479–486, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-51-479-2008
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Arch. Anim. Breed., 51, 479–486, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-51-479-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 2008

10 Oct 2008

Erythrocyte potassium, sodium and glutathione concentrations and their relationship with reproduction, body weight and fleece weight traits in Awassi sheep

N. Gunes1, C. Aydin2, C. Duygu Udum1, S. Dikmen3, and O. Ozmen1 N. Gunes et al.
  • 11Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey
  • 2Department of Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey
  • 3Department of Zootechnics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey

Abstract. Relationship between erythrocyte potassium (Ke), erythrocyte sodium (Nae) and blood glutathione (GSH) concentrations and production/ reproduction traits were investigated in Awassi sheep. Thirty healthy sheep subjected to analyze for phenotypic and gene frequencies of Ke, Nae and GSH concentrations. Correlation between these parameters and production/ reproduction traits such as greasy fleece weight, milk production, birth rate, single and twin birth rate and body weight were calculated. A positive correlation was found between birth rate and mean Ke concentration (r=0.481, P<0.008) and Nae concentration (r=−0.454, P<0.013). Another correlation between GSH concentration and greasy fleece weight (r=−0.368, P<0.049) and milk production (r=0.379, P<0.050) parameters was also evidenced. These suggest that Ke, Nae and GSH concentrations may be included in the metabolic profile testing parameters.

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