Erythrocyte potassium, sodium and glutathione concentrations and their relationship with reproduction, body weight and fleece weight traits in Awassi sheep

GÜNEŞ N., AYDIN C., Udum C. D., DİKMEN S., Ozmen O.

ARCHIV FUR TIERZUCHT-ARCHIVES OF ANIMAL BREEDING, vol.51, no.5, pp.479-486, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.479-486
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


Relationship between erythrocyte potassium (K-c), erythrocyte sodium (Na-c) and blood glutathione (GSH) concentrations and production/reproduction traits were investigated in Awassi sheep. Thirty healthy sheep subjected to analyze for phenotypic and gene Frequencies of K-c, Na-c and GSH concentrations. Correlation between these parameters and production/reproduction traits such as greasy fleece weight, milk production, birth rate. single and twin birth late and body weight were calcualated. A positive correlation was found between birth rate and mean K-c concentration (r = 0.481, P<0.008) and Na-c concentration (1-0.454. P<0.013). Another correlation between GSH concentration and greasy fleece weight (r=-0.368, P<0.049) and milk production (r=0.379, P<0.050) parameters axis also evidenced. These suggest that K-c, Na-c and GSH concentrations may be included in the metabolic profile testing parameters.