Complement levels in malnourished animals: quantification of serum complement in rat dams and their offspring

Academic Article


  • Serum complement (C) was quantified in individual rat dams offered completely defined normal (25% casein) or low (8% casein) protein diets and in their pups utilizing the method of radial hemolysis in gel (RHG). No significant difference in serum C level was observed in rat mothers fed normal or low protein diet. The serum C level in normal rat pups approached adult levels by 35 days of age (3.5 CH50/ml), while malnourished rat pups of the same age had significantly lower serum C levels (1.0 CH50/ml).
  • Author List

  • McGhee JR; Michalek SM; Ghanta VK; Stewart G
  • Start Page

  • 204
  • End Page

  • 212
  • Volume

  • 16
  • Issue

  • 4