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Kamada: Effects of selenium-rich yeast supplementation on the plasma progesterone levels of postpartum dairy cows



The effects of the pre- and postpartum supplementation of cows with Se on their plasma P4 concentrations after calving were investigated.


Thirty-four Holstein cows were used to investigate the effects of dietary selenium supplementation on the postpartum recovery of the luteal function in cows. Selenium-rich yeast (containing 300 ppm selenium) was mixed with total mixed ration fed to 17 pregnant cows from 30 days before they were due to calve (10 g yeast daily) to 100 days after calving (20 g yeast daily). The control cows (n = 17) were fed the same amount of ordinary yeast. The cows’ plasma progesterone concentrations were determined every two days using an enzyme immunoassay after calving.


Feed intake (total digestive nutrient, crude protein), milk production, body weight and the biochemical properties of blood plasma did not differ between the two groups; however, the plasma selenium concentrations of the supplemented animals were significantly greater than those of the controls at and after calving. The postpartum plasma progesterone concentrations of the selenium-yeast-supplemented group increased earlier than those of the control group. Moreover, during the estrus cycle after the 3rd ovulation or ovulation with estrus between 60 to 80 days after calving, the selenium-supplemented cows exhibited greater progesterone concentrations than the control cows.


Selenium supplementation promotes the postpartum progesterone production of cows.


In recent years, dairy cow fertility has been progressively worsening around the world, so the improvement of conception rates has become an important problem. Although the causes of the abovementioned worsening of dairy cow fertility are considered to be multifactorial, recent studies have focused on elevating corpus luteum (CL) function as a way of solving the problem. Many researchers have reported the importance of CL function for reproduction. For example, reduced plasma progesterone (P4) levels during the growth of ovulatory follicles was found to be associated with a decreased conception rate [1], and low embryo survival during early gestation was demonstrated to be associated with a low plasma P4 concentration [2]. It was also reported that the postpartum plasma P4 level is positively correlated with the conception rate [3] and that endogenous P4 before insemination influences embryo recovery [4]. These results suggest that postpartum CL function is one of the key factors affecting reproductive performance. Although basic hormonal regulation must be normalized to allow the postpartum recovery of CL function, nutrient factors are also known to have an effect on it. Previous studies have demonstrated that the consumption of various supplements results in increased plasma P4 levels. For example, Spicer et al [5] and other researchers [6,7] have shown that supplementing cows with fats increased their plasma P4 levels. Whilst the mechanism responsible for this effect is likely to be at least partially related to energy supply, it is also considered to involve the inhibition of prostaglandin synthesis by fat-derived linoleic acid [8]. Moreover, micronutrients are also considered to contribute to luteal function, e.g., Kawashima et al [9] reported that β–carotene supply supports the postpartum reestablishment of luteal activity in dairy cows, and Arellano-Rodriguez et al [10] showed that β–carotene enhances ovarian function and P4 synthesis in goats.
In this study, we focused on selenium (Se), which is an essential micro-mineral for animals and is known to contribute to their animal reproductive performance. For example, the prepartum injection of Se reduced the incidence of metritis and ovarian cysts as well as the interval from calving to conception in lactating dairy cows [1112]. In addition, positive associations have been found between increased prepartum blood Se concentrations and decreased postpartum incidence of mastitis, ovarian cysts, and silent estrus [13], and Holstein heifers that received injections of Se and vitamin E 4 and 2 weeks before expected calving exhibited fewer open days and a low number of services per conception [14]. However, the mechanisms responsible for these positive effects of Se on reproduction and the target tissue of Se are not clear. Although some Se-containing enzymes have been identified [15], the relationships between these enzymes and the reproductive function of animals are still under investigation.
The objective of this experiment was to determine the effects of the pre- and postpartum supplementation of cows with Se on their plasma P4 concentrations after calving.


Animal care

This study was approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee of Hokkaido Agriculture Research Center NARO.

Experimental design

Thirty-four pregnant Holstein cows weighing 686.5±49.6 kg (at 4 weeks before they were due to calve) were assigned to experimental diets based on their body weight (BW) and expected milk yield. Their mean parity value was 1.9±1.03. The experiment period was from 30 days prepartum to the 100th day of the postpartum period. Total mixed ration (TMR), which consisted of alfalfa pellets, flaked soybean, orchard grass silage, corn silage, concentrate and beet pulp pellets, was administered twice daily. The representative composition of TMR and the amount supplied are shown in Table 1. The amount of food supplied to each cow was adjusted every week based on their milk production, BW, parity, and lactation stage according to the NRC requirements [16]. Body weight was measured before feeding in the morning every week. The mean Se concentration of the basal TMR was 0.04 ppm. Dry matter (DM) intake was measured on 3 days each week. Cows had access to water ad libitum. Selenium yeast (Bussan-Biotech, Tokyo, Japan) containing 300 ppm Se was added to the cows’ (primiparous: n = 7, multiparous: n = 10) diets at doses of 10 g per day and 20 g per day in pre- and postpartum periods, respectively. This amount is about 0.1% of whole diet. When selenium-rich yeast is mixed with the diet at the concentration of 0.1%, the final concentration of selenium in diet is 0.3 ppm, which is selenium requirement of NRC. The control group (primiparous: n = 8, multiparous: n = 9) was fed the same amount of ordinary yeast without Se. Blood sampling (10 mL) from the jugular vein was carried out using heparinized tubes before feeding in the morning every two days after calving. After being centrifuged (1,000×g, 20 min, 4°C), the plasma samples were stored at –20°C until the analysis. One of our interests in the present study was the function of CL formed during 60 to 80 days after calving, when farmers usually start artificial insemination (AI), therefore AI was not performed during this period in order to eliminate the effect of pregnancy (AI was carried out for animals at their fourth ovulation after calving, or at their first ovulation beyond 80 days after calving in the case of no fourth ovulation in the experimental period.). When the P4 production of all CL was calculated for each estrous cycle, the sampling day preceding the day on which the plasma P4 concentration exceeded 1 ng/mL at the beginning of the luteal phase was defined as Day 0. When the estrus was observed, the estrus day was defined as Day 0.

Analytical methods

Plasma P4 concentrations were measured using an enzyme immunoassay kit (NEOGEN, Lexington, KY, USA). The samples were extracted with diethylether (WAKO, Osaka, Japan). And all assays were performed in duplicate. The intra- and interassay co-efficients of variation were 9.81% and 12.54%, respectively.
The plasma Se concentrations were measured using a graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer with Zeeman correction (Z-5000; Hitachi High-Technologies, Tokyo, Japan). Biochemical blood plasma parameters (glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase [GOT], lactate dehydrogenase [LDH], alkaline phosphatase, total protein, albumin, blood urea nitrogen [BUN], blood glucose, cholesterol, non-esterified fatty acid [NEFA], triglyceride, inorganic phosphorus, ketone body (KB), iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), sodium (Na), chlorine (Cl), magnesium (Mg), potassium [K]) were determined using Hitachi Automatic Analyzer 7250 (Hitachi High-Technologies, Tokyo, Japan).
Samples of the remaining feed and TMR were dried at 60°C for 48 h in a drying machine and had their nitrogen and acid detergent fiber (ADF) contents analyzed. Total digestive nutrient (TDN) was calculated using the following equations [17]: TDN = 89.89–0.752×ADF (corn silage), TDN = 87.57–0.737×ADF (grass silage). ADF was determined according to the method of Van Soest [18]. Crude protein (CP) values were calculated based on nitrogen content, which were measured using the Kjeldahl method.

Statistical analysis

The data regarding the cows’ DM intake, BW, TDN intake, CP intake, plasma biochemical parameters, and postpartum plasma Se and P4 concentrations were analyzed using the mixed method procedure. Multiple comparisons analysis of mean values was performed using the Bonferroni method. The area under the curve (AUC) values of the plasma P4 concentration in each estrus cycle and milk production during the first 100 days postpartum were subjected to analysis of variance using the general linear models procedure [19]. Results were considered significant at p<0.05.


Nutritional condition

It is known that the energy and protein intake affect reproductive performance [5,6,20], so, in order to accurately assess the effect of Se on luteal function, the amount of feed supplied to the cows was controlled to meet their nutritional requirements of dairy cows [16]. Consequently, the DM, TDN, and CP intakes of Se-supplemented and control cows did not differ (Figure 1 and Table 2). Also, the postpartum BW changes and the amount of milk yield were not different between the two treatments (Figurses 1 and 2). On average, the primiparous and multiparous cows produced 8,600 kg and 10,900 kg of milk during 305 days, respectively. The cows’ plasma Se concentrations gradually increased during the experiment period; however, the Se-supple-mented cows displayed greater plasma Se concentrations at all time-points after treatment initiation (p<0.0001) (Figure 3). The value of supplemented animals at 30 days after calving was mostly sufficient (>70 ppb), while that of the control cows was marginal or deficient (<40 ppb) [21] until 60 days after calving. Large inter-group differences were not observed in any of the plasma biochemical parameters (Table 3). The plasma LDH activity differed significantly (p = 0.0068) at a single point (at calving); however, no such differences were observed during the rest of the experiment. These results showed that except for their plasma Se levels the cows in the two treatments were in the same nutritional condition.

Postpartum plasma progesterone concentration

The postpartum plasma P4 concentrations of the Se-supplemented between 8 d and 50 d cows were significantly greater (p<0.0001) than those of the control cows at 32 and 34 day after calving (p = 0.0003, 0.0004), and tended to be greater at 38 day after calving (p = 0.0030) (Figure 4). These results showed that the postpartum plasma P4 concentration was elevated earlier by Se supplementation.
The effect of Se on the plasma P4 concentration was assessed at each estrus cycle (Figure 5). The mean P4 AUC for all of the CL observed during the experimental period (Figure 5A) were slightly increased by Se supplementation, but the changes were not statistically significant (p = 0.50694). However, the P4 AUC in the luteal phase after the 3rd ovulation with estrus, and the AUC for the CL formed after ovulation with estrus between 60 to 80 days after calving (the timing at which farmers generally attempt AI of cows) were significantly greater in the Se-supplemented cows than in the control (Figure 5B: p = 0.04217, 5C: p = 0.00672).


Peroxide production is expected during P4 biosynthesis, because a side-chain-cleaving enzyme (P450) that is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol (P4 precursor) uses molecular oxygen several times and frequently produces radicals [22]. Selenium is an antioxidant and is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase (GPX) [23], phospholipid hydroperoxide glutathione peroxidase [24] and thioredoxin reductase. In addition, a previous experiment using 75Se [25] showed that CL preferentially incorporates Se. From this information, we hypothesized that Se degrades peroxides in CL, which contributes to maintaining their function. We have reported that the addition of Se to cultured bovine luteal cells increased the P4 concentration of the culture medium [26] and that the Se supplementation of non-pregnant and non-lactating cows increased their plasma P4 concentration during the estrous cycle [27]. In the present study, it was clearly demonstrated that pre- and postpartum Se supplementation to the diet increased the postpartum plasma P4 concentration of dams.
The reproductive performance of dairy cows is affected by energy intake and CP intake in the postpartum period [5,6,20], as well as their milk production [28], as mentioned above. A negative energy balance, the oversupply of CP, and high milk production delay the recovery of ovary function after calving, resulting in a low conception rate. So, in this experiment, the Se treatment group and control groups were subjected to identical nutritional conditions except for Se level (including milk production) to allow us to investigate the effects of Se on the plasma P4 levels of cows after calving. The mean BW change, and DM, TDN, and CP intake values of the two groups did not differ between the two treatments, nor did their milk production or the biochemical properties of their blood plasma (except for the plasma LDH activity on day 0 when there is no CL). While the plasma Se concentrations of the Se-yeast supplemented cows were significantly greater than those of the ordinary yeast-supplemented animals (control) at and after calving. The plasma Se concentrations of the Se-treated group were in sufficient level (>70 ppb) [21]; however, those of the control group remained considerably low throughout the experimental period. The gradual increase in the mean plasma Se concentration after calving regardless of treatment is a general tendency, which is caused by increased diet intake (in particular, concentrates usually contain a relatively large amount of Se than grasses). These results indicated that nutritional conditions except for Se were not different between the two groups, so the effect of Se on the plasma P4 level was estimated under the same nutritional conditions.
The early recovery of postpartum ovary function is necessary to increase the conception rate of cows [29]. In the present study, the greater average concentration of postpartum plasma P4 in Se-supplemented cows suggested the functional CL developed earlier after calving in the cows subjected to pre- and postpartum Se supplementation than in the control (Figure 4). Selenium supplementation realized early recovery of postpartum ovary function and more promoted the formation of functional CL during the optical period for first AI (Figure 5C). Selenium is known to improve the reproductive performance of various animals [30,31]; however, its target tissue has not been identified. A positive correlation between the postpartum plasma P4 concentrations of cows and their conception rate has been reported [3], so it is suggested that the activation of luteal function by Se feeding leads to improved reproduction performance in cows. The mean plasma P4 AUC value for all CL (Figure 5A) included the data for CL formed in various physiological conditions, for example, the short luteal phase after the first ovulation (which had a small AUC due to physiological reasons), so no statistical difference was detected between the groups. While Figure 5B (CL formed after the third ovulation) and Figure 5C (CL formed after ovulation between 60 to 80 days after calving) did display statistically significant inter-group differences.
The generation of peroxides is presumed to induce sound CL to undergo luteolysis [32]. H2O2 or lipid peroxide have been found to accumulate in the CL during luteal regression [33,34], while antioxidant vitamins have been reported to be effective against reactive oxygen species in cultured rat luteal cells [35]. Our previous in vitro investigation using bovine luteal cells also showed that the addition of Se (antioxidant substance) to luteal cells decreased their intracellular lipid peroxide levels [26]. Thus, it is possible that the detoxifying effect of Se on peroxide production contributes to the maintenance of CL function. In the present study, no biopsies of CL or assessments of their lipid peroxide content were carried out because such sampling would have affected the functions of the CL as well as the P4 production data. It is likely that functional CL is a tissue which inevitably accumulates peroxide due to their synthesis of P4, and hence, requires antioxidants to maintain their function. Our previous in vitro experiments also showed that the addition of luteinizing hormone (LH) to the luteal cultures stimulated P4 synthesis and simultaneously increased the intracellular lipid peroxide concentrations of the cells [26]. Selenium is known to be an essential component of antioxidant enzymes, as mentioned above. Thus, the antioxidant effects of Se can explain the increased P4 production observed in the present study. Harrison et al [11] reported that significant Se-dependent GPX activity was detected in luteal tissues, and Zagrodzki and Ratajczak [36] demonstrated a strong positive correlation between GPX3 activity and P4 levels in humans. These reports support the idea that Se has a positive effect on CL function.
Other non-antioxidant-based mechanisms likely explain the increased plasma P4 concentrations induced by Se. Behne et al [25] reported that in mice Se is preferentially incorporated into the pituitary gland and brain, as was found for CL. If the same situation occurs in ruminants, Se probably plays an important role in these organs. Another study is needed to clarify the effects of Se on the pituitary gland or hypothalamus, which are located upstream in the physiological signaling pathways involved in the regulation of ovary function. For example, Se might increase the pulsatile LH or accelerate follicle-stimulating hormone secretion. Basini et al [37] proposed another possible effect of Se on bovine follicles. Selenium was found to directly stimulate estradiol production in bovine granulosa cells as well the proliferation of these cells by the preventing nitric oxide production. Therefore, Se might accelerate follicle maturation leading to early ovulation. The suppression of P4 catabolism by Se is another possible explanation for the increased P4 level observed in the present study. Lemley et al [38] reported that feed composition (a high cornstarch diet or high fiber diet) affected P4 clearance, and Sangsritavong et al [39] demonstrated that higher feed intake increased liver blood flow and steroid metabolism; however, neither feed intake nor the composition of the feed differed between the two treatment groups in this study. Steroid hormones are broken down in the liver and excreted via bile; however, Se status probably does not affect the composition (including the cholesterol) of bile [40]. We could not carry out a P4 infusion experiment to observe P4 clearance in this study, so it was unclear whether the increased plasma P4 concentration observed after Se supplementation was due to decreased catabolism of P4 in the liver. However, our previous in vitro experiment showed that Se had a direct effect on luteal cells [26]. Thus, we consider that an identified Se function (antioxidant effect) can reasonably explain the result (elevated plasma P4 concentration after Se supplementation) of the present study without other assumptions regarding unknown Se functions.
As shown in Figure 3, cows that were not supplemented with Se had too little of the mineral in the pre- and postpartum periods. Early embryonic mortality reported in Se-deficient animals [41] might have been caused by depressed luteal function. The results of the present study indicate the possibility that Se supply to cows during the pre- and postpartum periods leads to the early recovery of luteal function and an increased conception rate. Although Se supplementation cannot resolve all reproduction problems, it can contribute to improving the worsening fertility of dairy cows. This information could be useful for animal farmers. Moreover, CL is commonly required to maintain pregnancy in mammals, so our results might be useful for aiding the reproduction of other mammals, including humans.


This work was supported by grants from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan. The authors thank Dr. T. Yasui (Bussan-Biotech Co. Ltd., Tokyo) for providing selenium-rich yeast. We would also like to thank Dr. O. Sasaki (Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science NARO) for his statistical advice. All helps from the staff of the Ruminant and Field Management Section of Hokkaido Agriculture Research Center NARO for their assistance with the animal handling and care are acknowledged.



We certify that there is no conflict of interest with any financial organization regarding the material discussed in the manuscript.

Figure 1
Changes of (A) dry matter (DM) intake (kg), and (B) body weight (kg) (mean±standard error of the mean; −Se: n = 17, +Se: n = 17). DM intake was measured on 3 days each week. Samples of the remaining feed and TMR were dried at 60°C for 48 h in a drying machine. Body weight was measured before feeding in the morning every week.
Figure 2
Profile of the milk production (kg/d) (mean±standard error of the mean) of prrimiparous (−Se: n = 8, +Se: n = 7) and multiparous (−Se: n = 9, +Se: n = 10) cows between 0 to 100 days after calving. Data of milk production was collected every days at milking parlor.
Figure 3
Changes in the plasma Se concentration (ppb) relative to parturition (mean±standard error of the mean; −Se: n = 17, +Se: n = 17). Blood sampling from the jugular vein was carried out in the morning on –30 d, 0 d, 30 d, 60 d, 90 d, and 100 d after delivery. The Se concentrations of blood plasma was analyzed using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Significant difference according to the Bonferroni method was defined as a p value of <0.05 (*).
Figure 4
Effect of Se yeast supplementation on the plasma P4 concentration during the first 100 postpartum days (mean±standard error of the mean; −Se: n = 17, +Se: n = 17). Blood sampling from the jugular vein was carried out in the morning every two days. Plasma P4 concentrations were measured using an enzyme immunoassay kit after diethylether extraction. All assays were performed in duplicate. Significant difference according to the Bonferroni method was defined as a p value of <0.05 (*) and <0.07 (†).
Figure 5
Effect of Se yeast supplementation on the plasma P4 concentrations (ng/mL) of all CL that formed during the first 100 postpartum days (A), CL that developed after the third ovulation with estrus (B), CL that developed after ovulation with estrus between 60 to 80 days after calving (C). Blood sampling from the jugular vein was carried out in the morning every two days. Plasma P4 concentrations were measured using an enzyme immunoassay kit after diethylether extraction. All assays were performed in duplicate. Data are presented as mean±standard error of the mean values (−Se: n = 43, +Se: n = 45) in A, (−Se: n = 11, +Se: n = 11) in B, (−Se: n = 8, +Se: n = 12) in C. Significance was defined as a p value of <0.05.
Table 1
Representative composition of TMR (body weight 696 kg, milk production 49.2 kg, 60 days after delivery, Parity 2)
Diet composition (dry matter)
 Alfalfa pellet (kg) 1.59
 Flaked soybean (kg) 1.53
 Orchard grass silage (kg) 6.80
 Corn silage (kg) 7.33
 Concentrate1) (kg) 12.21
 Beet pulp pellet (kg) 1.70
 Orchard hay (kg) 0.89
Calculated TDN (kg) 22.67
Determined CP (kg) 5.05
Selenium Conc. (ppm) 0.04

TMR, total mixed ration; TDN, total digestive nutrient; CP, crude protein; DM, dry matter.

1) Mixture of 40% commercial diet (Meiji, Japan), 18% oats, 18% flaked wheat, 14% flaked corn, 10% flaked soybean cake and 0.8% calcium carbonate; TDN/DM: 80.0 %, CP/DM: 18.9 %).

Table 2
TDN intake (kg) and CP intake (kg) at 30, 60, and 90 days after calving
Se 30 d 60 d 90 d
TDN intake(kg) 15.74±0.70 17.21±0.61 17.23±0.60
+ 15.88±0.73 17.17±0.57 17.10±0.52
CP intake (kg) 3.85±0.19 4.08±0.16 4.03±0.16
+ 3.84±0.17 4.07±0.13 3.97±0.13

TDN, total digestive nutrient; CP, crude protein.

Table 3
Effects of Se supplementation on plasma biochemical parameters
Item Se Time after delivery

−28 d 0 d 14 d 30 d 60 d 90 d 100 d
GOT (IU/L) 61.9±3.4 71.9±6.2 85.8±5.3 73.3±3.0 76.1±3.9 77.3±4.6 75.7±4.1
+ 59.7±4.2 58.6±2.1 85.6±3.8 73.2±3.2 73.9±3.2 76.9±3.5 74.5±3.0
LDH (IU/L) 773±32 905±83a 888±33 822±24 795±22 814±27 810±21
+ 739±40 768±29b 903±30 822±24 820±25 839±22 835±19
ALB (g/dL) 4.17±0.04 4.11±0.06 4.22±0.06 4.37±0.08 4.40±0.08 4.39±0.06 4.43±0.06
+ 4.10±0.05 4.00±0.07 4.17±0.06 4.28±0.05 4.26±0.05 4.34±0.07 4.26±0.05
BUN (mg/dL) 14.0±1.0 12.4±0.6 11.5±0.7 14.2±0.6 14.7±0.5 14.2±0.8 13.8±0.5
+ 13.1±0.7 11.0±0.7 12.2±0.7 14.1±0.7 14.1±0.4 14.5±0.7 14.2±0.5
GLU (mg/dL) 67.1±1.4 101.5±7.0 66.1±2.0 68.3±1.0 70.7±1.2 69.0±1.3 69.9±1.1
+ 67.4±1.1 107.0±6.1 63.6±2.4 67.0±1.7 69.0±1.5 70.9±1.5 68.9±0.7
Cho (mg/dL) 110±5 76±3 127±5 191±8 243±10 242±11 251±13
+ 101±3 65±3 109±6 167±7 218±10 229±9 228±9
NEFA (μEq/L) 257±35 587±54 782±108 353±42 251±57 152±11 169±14
+ 213±32 575±55 629±72 387±42 193±21 149±13 232±74
KB (μM) 412±27 527±39 876±71 663±46 608±55 527±45 636±49
+ 422±29 476±26 1213±222 717±52 646±106 555±40 575±46
Ca (mg/dL) 10.1±0.1 8.8±0.2 9.9±0.2 10.3±0.1 10.4±0.1 10.5±0.1 10.6±0.1
+ 10.0±0.1 8.9±0.2 10.2±0.2 10.4±0.2 10.5±0.1 10.5±0.1 10.4±0.1
Fe (μg/dL) 159±8 91±9 121±11 130±7 141±5 139±6 131±10
+ 147±7 98±7 119±8 133±7 124±5 135±6 128±8
Mg (mg/dL) 2.28±0.06 2.32±0.06 2.57±0.05 2.69±0.06 2.62±0.06 2.56±0.04 2.58±0.08
+ 2.26±0.08 2.28±0.06 2.55±0.05 2.67±0.05 2.48±0.04 2.54±0.04 2.50±0.04
Na (mEq/L) 142.0±0.6 147.9±0.6 141.5±0.5 140.9±0.5 140.7±0.8 140.3±0.6 139.9±0.7
+ 141.3±0.7 147.2±1.0 141.4±0.5 140.2±0.7 140.2±0.6 140.1±0.7 140.1±0.8
Cl (mEq/L) 102.4±0.6 106.7±0.7 101.2±0.9 100.6±0.7 101.3±0.9 100.8±0.9 100.8±1.0
+ 102.5±0.7 107.5±1.0 101.7±0.5 100.8±0.6 100.3±0.7 101.0±0.7 100.1±0.6
K (mEq/L) 3.78±0.12 3.75±0.07 3.93±0.10 4.02±0.09 3.91±0.14 4.02±0.07 3.86±0.09
+ 3.68±0.09 3.92±0.07 3.88±0.07 3.90±0.08 4.00±0.08 3.87±0.06 3.93±0.06

GOT, glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase; LDH, lactate dehydrogenase; ALB, albumin; BUN, blood urea nitrogen; GLU, glucose; Cho, cholesterol; NEFA, non-esterified fatty acid; KB, ketone body.

Data with different superscript are significant different according to the Bonferroni method (p<0.05).


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