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Swine Nutrition and Feed Technology
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1998;11(3): 245-248.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1998.245    Published online June 1, 1998.
Influence of refeeding of protein, carbohydrate and fat on hepatic insulin-like growth factor-I mRNA level in fasted chicks
K. Kita, K. Hangsanet, J. Okumura
The influence of refeeding either protein, carbohydrate or fat on hepatic insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) mRNA level in chicks which had been fasted for 2 days was examined. The hepatic IGF-I mRNA was measured by ribonuclease protection assay. Fasting reduced hepatic IGF-I mRNA levels to less than half of those in the fed control. When chicks were refed either an control, protein or carbohydrate diet, IGF-I mRNA levels significantly increased to those in the fed control until 2 hours of refeeding. Refeeding of fat did not alter hepatic IGF-I mRNA levels. The significant correlation between liver weight and hepatic IGF-I gene expression suggests that when chicks are refed after 2-d fasting, the acute increase in hepatic IGF-I gene expression brought about after refeeding may be partly regulated by the increase in liver protein metabolism.
Keywords: Chicken; IGF-I; Liver; Refeeding; Nutrient

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