2017, Cilt 33, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 208-213
The effect of litter size and gender on immunoglobulins and oxidative stress in Damascus goats
Mehmet Aköz1, İbrahim Aydın2, Özcan Barış Çitil3
1Selçuk University Vocational School of Health Services Konya / Turkey
2Selçuk University Faculty of Veterinary Science Department of Obstetrics Konya/ Turkey
3Selçuk University Karapınar Aydoğanlar Vocational School Konya/ Turkey
Keywords: Goat, immunoglobulin G, immunoglobulin M, malondialdehyde, nitric oxide

Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of litter size (singleton-twin) and gender on the immunoglobulin level and oxidative stress in Damascus goats.

Materials and Methods: Blood samples were taken with in 20 minutes after delivery from the Damascus goats delivering singleton and twin and non-pregnant Damascus goats that were served as control group. The values of immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), malondialdehyde (MDA), nitricoxide (NO) and total antioxidant status (TAS) were measured in blood plasma.

Results: IgG and IgM levels in twin pregnant goats were higher than non-pregnant ones (P<0.05); whereas, MDA levels of twin pregnant goats were lower than non-pregnant ones (P<0.05). NO level in goats delivering twin was detected to be higher than pregnant goats delivering single and control group (P<0.05). Positive correlation was determined between IgG and IgM (r=0.946, P<0.001); whereas, no correlation was determined between other parameters (P<0.05). Although IgG, IgM, MDA, TAS and NO values were determined to be higher in goats delivering male kids than goats delivering female kids, no statistical difference was observed (P<0.05).

Conclusion: As a result, twin pregnancy may cause an increase in immunoglobulin levels but the gender of kids did not have any effect on immunoglobulin level and oxidative stress.