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Limiting the range of polyenoic fatty acids available from purified diets affects the growth of domestic cats.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2519853     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The cat is deficient in delta-6-desaturase, preventing its utilisation of the plant-derived essential fatty acids. The species circumvents this problem by eating non-felines capable of this process. Kittens were fed diets varying in the type of post delta-6-desaturation fatty acids (PDFA). Growth patterns and external signs monitored for a period of 270 days, after which metabolic rates were measured, blood samples taken and the animals killed for other analyses. Differences were demonstrated in growth and metabolic rates, and the liver fatty acid profiles, and these were dependent on both the nature and amount of the PDFA provided by the diets.
B C Davidson; K Goelst; R C Cantrill
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  In vivo (Athens, Greece)     Volume:  3     ISSN:  0258-851X     ISO Abbreviation:  In Vivo     Publication Date:    1989 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-03-09     Completed Date:  1992-03-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806809     Medline TA:  In Vivo     Country:  GREECE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  183-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Biochemistry, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Feed*
Cats / growth & development*
Dietary Fats*
Fatty Acids / analysis
Fatty Acids, Unsaturated*
Liver / chemistry,  growth & development
Oxygen Consumption
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Fats; 0/Fatty Acids; 0/Fatty Acids, Unsaturated

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