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Journal of Applied and Natural Science
An International Journal | Print ISSN: 0974-9411 | Online ISSN: 2231-5209
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Journal of Applied and Natural Science 2(1):63-65(2010)
Scurvy induced changes and ascorbate defense in albino rats, Rattus norvegicus
Priyanka Mehta* and Kunwar Bahadur Singh
Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Applied Sciences, M. J. P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly-243006 (U. P), INDIA
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Abstract : An attempt has been made to find out effectiveness of scorbutogenic diet in albino rats, Rattus norvegicus. These animals received 50 and 80 gm cakes of scorbutogenic diet for 15 and 30 days respectively. No scurvy like symptoms were observed rather boils got appeared on their hind limbs, below ear and neck region. Steroid producing glands indicated enhanced steroidogenesis as evidenced by decreased concentrations of adrenal ascorbate and cholesterol. The results suggested that scorbutogenic diet was ineffective to cause scurvy in this species.

Keywords : Scurvy, Ascorbate, Steroidogenesis, Mammal
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