Changes in Serum Protein Profile, Cholesterol and Blood Glucose during Endotoxic Shock in Buffalo Calves Supplemented with Vitamin E and Selenium

  • Sharma, Neeraj (Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science) ;
  • Singha, S.P.S. (Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science) ;
  • Ahuja, C.S. (Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science)
  • Received : 2004.01.26
  • Accepted : 2004.06.02
  • Published : 2005.02.01


A study was conducted to monitor the changes in serum protein profile, cholesterol and blood glucose during endotoxic shock in buffalo calves and also to assess the role of prophylactic supplementation of vitamin E and selenium in alleviating the endotoxic effects. Fifteen male buffalo calves (6-8 months of age) were divided into three groups: Group I (control)-infused with 0.9% saline solution; Group II-infused with E. coli endotoxin at 5${\mu}g/kg$ body weight in normal saline solution; Group III- supplemented prophylactically with 250 mg vitamin E and 7.5 mg selenium by i/m injections at weekly intervals for one month prior to the induction of endotoxic shock. The blood samples were collected at 0, 1, 3, 6, 9, 12, 24, 48 and 72 h after the induction of shock. Endotoxin caused a significant (p<0.05) hypoproteinemia from 3-12 h post infusion in group II but this hypoproteinemia was less pronounced and only from 3-9 h post infusion in vitamin E and selenium supplemented calves. Hypoglycemia was observed in group II from 3-24 h and blood glucose level returned to normal at 72 h. However hypoglycemia was mild in group III and blood glucose returned to normal at 48h. Hypocholesterolaemia and hypoalbuminemia were found in both groups II and III but these changes were less pronounced in group III i.e. vitamin E and Se supplemented calves. Serum electrophoretic protein patterns of group III were quite similar to those of control group but animals of group II had different electrophoretic pattern. It was concluded that the antioxidant effects of vitamin E and Se prevent the liver against oxidative stress during endotoxic shock.


Endotoxin;Vit. E and Se;Serum Biochemical Changes;Buffalo Calves


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