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Effects of Dietary L-arginine Supplementation from Conception to Post- Weaning in Piglets

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Dongsheng Che, Seidu Adams, Bao Zhao, Guixin Qin and Hailong Jiang*   Pages 1 - 14 ( 14 )

Abstract:


Weaned piglets experience sudden changes in their dietary patterns such as withdrawal from the easily digestible watery milk to a coarse cereal diet with both systemic and intestinal disruptions coupling with the expression of pro-inflammatory proteins which affects the immune system and the concentrations of haptoglobin including both positive and negative acute-phase proteins in the plasma. L-arginine is an important protein amino acid for piglets, but its inadequate synthesis is a nutritional problem for both sows and piglets. Recent studies indicated that dietary supplementation of L-arginine increased feed intake, uterine growth, placental growth and nutrient transport, maternal growth and health, embryonic survival, piglets birth weight, piglet’s growth, and productivity, and decreased stillbirths. L-arginine is essential in several important pathways involved in the growth and development of piglets such as nitric oxide synthesis, energy metabolism, polyamine synthesis, cellular protein production and muscle accretion, and the synthesis of other functional amino acids. However, the underlying molecular mechanism in these key pathways remains largely unresolved. This review was conducted with the current scientific literature on the general hypothesis that L-arginine increased the growth and survival of post-weaning piglets. We discussed the effects of dietary L-arginine supplementation during gestation, parturition, lactation, weaning, and post-weaning in pigs. As each of these stages influences the health and survival of sows and their progenies. Therefore, the aim of this review was to discuss through a logical approach the effects of L-arginine supplementation on piglet’s growth and survival from conception to post-weaning.

Keywords:

L-arginine, nitric oxide, metabolism, oxidative stress, weaning, piglets

Affiliation:

College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun, College of Animal Science and Technology, Jilin Agricultural University, Changchun



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