Effects of ochratoxin a on some production traits, lipid peroxide and glutathione redox status of weaned piglets

K. Balogh, J. Hausenblasz, Mária Kovács-Weber, Márta Erdélyi, Judit Fodor, M. Mézes

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The effect of feeding ochratoxin A (OTA) contaminated diet (379.6 and 338.1 g/kg in starter and grower diets) on production traits, lipid peroxidation and some parameters of the glutathione redox system were investigated in weaned piglets over a seven-week period. Feed intake and feed conversion ratio (FCR) did not differ significantly, but in the first phase (0-28 days) the daily weight gain was significantly lower in the piglets fed the OTA-contaminated diet. Lipid peroxidation, as measured by the amount of malondialdehyde, glutathione content and glutathione peroxidase activity, did not change significantly in the blood plasma and red blood cell haemolysate in the OTA-loaded group, while malondialdehyde content increased significantly in the liver and markedly but not significantly in the kidney of piglets fed OTA-contaminated feed. Glutathione content did not differ significantly in the studied organs of the two groups while glutathione peroxidase activity of the OTA-loaded animals was significantly lower both in the liver and in the kidney. The results suggest that the use of feed-stuffs contaminated with low levels of OTA for seven weeks did not cause marked differences in the production traits or in lipid peroxidation and amount or activity of the glutathione redox system in the blood plasma, red blood cells and kidney, while significant changes occurred in the liver homogenate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-470
Number of pages8
JournalActa veterinaria Hungarica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2007


  • Glutathione peroxidase
  • Lipid peroxidation
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Pig

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)

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