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Animal Breeding and Genetics
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2002;15(9): 1364-1370.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2002.1364    Published online January 1, 2002.
Effects of Controlled Compensatory Growth on Mammary Gland Development and Lactation in Rats
Yang S. Moon, Chung S. Park
The objective of this study was to examine the effect of compensatory growth nutritional regimen on mammary gland growth and lactation. One hundred twenty-two Sprague Dawley female rats (35 days of age) were randomly assigned to either a control or a stair-step compensatory nutrition (SSCN) feeding regimen or an alternating 2-2-3-3-week schedule beginning with 40% energy restriction for 2 weeks followed by re-alimentation (control diet) for 2 weeks. Pup weight gain and milk yield were improved 8% and 8 to 15%, respectively, by the SSCN regimen. The gene expression of 棺-casein was 2.3-fold greater in the SSCN group than in the control group during early lactation, but they were greater at all stages of the second lactation. The gene expression of insulin-like growth factor-I was 40% lower in the SSCN group than in the control group during early lactation of the second lactation, but during late lactation it was 80% greater than in the control group. The concentration of serum corticosterone tended to be higher in the SSCN group during the late stage of the first lactation. These results suggest that the stair-step compensatory nutrition regimen improves lactation performance and persistency by modulation of cell differentiation and apoptotic cell death.
Keywords: Compensatory Growth; Mammary Gland; Lactation; Cell Differentiation; Rats

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