The influence of an essential fatty acid deficient-diet on the reproductive performance of female rats

Parlanti, Iris A. and Orellana, Liliana C. 1985, The influence of an essential fatty acid deficient-diet on the reproductive performance of female rats, Reproduction, nutrition, development, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 851-860.

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Title The influence of an essential fatty acid deficient-diet on the reproductive performance of female rats
Author(s) Parlanti, Iris A.
Orellana, Liliana C.ORCID iD for Orellana, Liliana C.
Journal name Reproduction, nutrition, development
Volume number 25
Issue number 5
Start page 851
End page 860
Total pages 10
Publisher EDP Sciences
Place of publication Les Ulis, France
Publication date 1985
ISSN 0926-5287
Keyword(s) Animals
Dietary Fats
Fatty Acids, Essential
Linoleic Acids
Rats, Inbred Strains
Sexual Behavior, Animal
Summary Several parameters of the reproductive function were studied in albino rats of the Wistar strain fed an essential fatty acid-deficient (EFAD) diet, a linoleic acid-sufficient (EFAS) diet or a commercial diet (CD). The frequency of irregular estrous cycles, with an increased incidence of prolonged diestrus, was significantly higher in EFAD and EFAS groups than in the CD group. There were no significant differences between EFAD and EFAS rats in any of the estrous cycle parameters studied. The EFAD rats showed the following changes in reproductive performance in respect to EFAS and CD dams: prolonged period of gestation, reduced litter size and increased pup mortality during delivery and the first 48 neonatal hours. From this time to weaning, EFAD and EFAS pups had a similar rate of mortality and were different in this respect from the CD group. These results support previous reports indicating that linoleic acid is essential to the maintenance of normal pregnancy and the survival of newborn rats. Nevertheless, we cannot conclude that impairment of the estrous cycle and sucking mortality until weaning were primarily due to the absence of linoleic acid in the maternal diet. The possible role of alpha-linolenic acid in the reproductive is discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©[1985, EDP Sciences]
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