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Effect of heat stress on the gene expression of ion transporters/channels in the uterus of laying hens during eggshell formation.

Authors
  • Bahadoran, Shahab1
  • Dehghani Samani, Amir1
  • Hassanpour, Hossein2
  • 1 a Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Shahrekord University , Shahrekord , Iran. , (Iran)
  • 2 b Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Shahrekord University , Shahrekord , Iran. , (Iran)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Stress (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Publication Date
Nov 08, 2017
Pages
1–8
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/10253890.2017.1394291
PMID: 29115887
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Heat stress is a problem in laying hens as it decreases egg quality by decreasing eggshell mineralization. Heat stress alters gene expression, hence our aim was to investigate effects of heat stress on gene expression of ion transport elements involving in uterine mineralization (TRPV6, CALB1, ITPR3, SCNN1G, SLC4A4, KCNJ15, SLC4A9, and CLCN2) by real time quantitative PCR. Forty 23-week-old White Leghorn laying hens were housed in two rooms. The control group (n = 20) was maintained at 21-23 °C, and the heat stress group (n = 20) was exposed to 36-38 °C for 8 weeks. All parameters of egg quality including egg weight, surface area, volume, and eggshell weight, thickness, ash weight, and calcium content were decreased in the heat stress group compared to the control group (by 26.9%, 32.7%, 44.1%, 38.4%, 31.7%, 39.4%, and 11.1%, respectively). Total plasma calcium was decreased by 13.4%. Levels of ITPR3, SLC4A4, and SLC4A9 transcripts in the uterine lining were decreased in the heat stress group compared to the control group (by 61.4%, 66.1%, and 66.1%, respectively). CALB1 transcript level was increased (by 34.2 fold) in the heat stress group of hens compared to controls. TRPV6, SCNN1G, KCNJ15, and CLCN2 transcript levels did not significantly differ between control and heat stress groups of laying hens. It is concluded that the down-expression of ITPR3, SLC4A4, and SLC4A9 genes may impair transportation of Cl-, HCO3-, and Na+ in eggshell mineralization during heat stress. Increased CALB1 gene expression may increase resistance of uterine cells to detrimental effects of heat stress.

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