Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 53 issue 2 (february 2019) : 178-180

Biochemical composition of amniotic fluid during different stages of gestation in Gaddi sheep 

Parul Shukla, Rajesh Rajput, R. Kumar, Madan Verma
1College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur-176 062, Himachal Pradesh, India
Cite article:- Shukla Parul, Rajput Rajesh, Kumar R., Verma Madan (2018). Biochemical composition of amniotic fluid during different stages of gestation in Gaddi sheep. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 53(2): 178-180. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-3477.
The study was conducted on amniotic fluid collected from fifty gravid uteri of Gaddi sheep at different stages of gestation. The foetii were measured for their crown rump length and then divided into 4 stages i.e. stage I (31-60 days), stage II (61-90 days), stage III (91-120 days) and stage IV (121- till term). The mean concentration of glucose showed a declining trend from stage I to stage IV of gestation. The level of total protein remained consistent initially and decreased slightly in later stages of gestation. Creatinine and urea increased from stage I and II to stage III of gestation. Activity of Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) was significantly higher in stage I of gestation. Alkaline Phosphatase showed highest activity in stage III of gestation. Changes in the concentration of glucose, urea, proteins or enzymes in foetal fluid reflect alterations in the functioning of liver during pregnancy and can be used as an important tool to assess the healthy state of pregnancy.
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