Complement levels in malnourished animals: measurement of complement in rat milk during the period of lactation

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  • Milk complement (C) levels were quantified in rats fed normal or low protein diets utilizing the method of radial hemolysis in gel (RHG). Quantitative collection of milk from low protein (8% casein) fed rats was significantly less (0.5 to 5.0 ml/hr) than that collected from normal protein (25% casein) fed rats (2 to 10 ml/hr) throughout the entire period of lactation. Similarly, milk C levels were higher in normal protein fed rats (4.3 to 7.9 CH50/ml) as compared to low protein fed rats (2.3 to 3.5 CH50/ml). In addition, the milk C level in the 25% protein group was significantly higher than their serum level. (16 references.)
  • Author List

  • Michalek SM; McGhee JR; Ghanta VK
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  • 16
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