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Calcified Tissue Research

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 83–86 | Cite as

Strontium and bone development under conditions of suboptimal vitamin D

  • C. R. Creger
  • L. B. Colvin
Short Communication

Abstract

An investigation involving chicks fed diets with 0.5% Ca and 0.5% Sr supplemented with various levels of vitamin D3 suggests that one-half of the Ca requirement of body growth in the chick is met by Sr as long as the vitamin D3 level was maintained at 500 to 1000 ICU/kg foodstuff. The entire Ca requirement for bone growth could not, however, be met by Sr. Even though Sr was incorporated into the bone when low levels of vitamin D3 were fed in the diet, the total ash content, as well as Ca content, was reduced.

Key words

Bone Strontium Calcium Vitamin D Calcification 

Résumé

Des poulets sont nourris avec une alimentation contenant 0,5% de Ca et 0,5% de Sr, plus diverses concentrations de vitamine D3. La moitié des besoins en calcium pour la croisance corporelle chez le poulet est assurée par le Sr, tant que la concentration en Vitamine D3 est maintenue entre 500 et 1000 ICU/kg de nourriture. Les besoins totaux en calcium pour la croissance ne sont pas couverts par le Sr. Bien que Sr soit incorporé dans l'os lorsque l'alimentation renferme de faibles doses de vitamine D3, le contenu total en cendre, ainsi que le contenu en calcium, sont diminués.

Zusammenfassung

Eine Untersuchung an Hühnern, welche Futter mit 0,5% Ca und 0,5% Sr und verschieden hohen Vitamin D3-Zusätzen erhielten, läßt vermuten, daß die Hälfte des für das Körperwachstum des Huhnes benötigent Ca durch Sr ersetzt werden kann, solange das Vitamin D3 in der Höhe von 500–1000 IE/kg Futter gehalten wurde. Die Gesamtmenge des für das Knochenwachstum benötigten Ca konnte jedoch nicht durch Sr ersetzt werden. Obschon Sr bei niederem Vitamin D3-Gehalt der Nahrung im Knochen eingebaut wurde, waren sowohl der totale Aschegehalt als auch der Calciumgehalt vermindert.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. R. Creger
    • 1
  • L. B. Colvin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Poultry ScienceTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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