In contrast to sheep, goats adapt to dietary calcium restriction by increasing intestinal absorption of calcium.

@article{Wilkens2012InCT,
  title={In contrast to sheep, goats adapt to dietary calcium restriction by increasing intestinal absorption of calcium.},
  author={Mirja R. Wilkens and Julia Richter and David R. Fraser and Annette Liesegang and Gerhard Breves and Bernd Schroeder},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={163 3-4},
  pages={396-406}
}
Many studies aimed at understanding calcium homeostasis in the cow use sheep or goats as ruminant models. However, the comparability of relevant homeostatic processes between ruminant species has not been assessed. Therefore, we investigated whether the mechanisms of maintaining calcium homeostasis are similar in different ruminant species. Dietary calcium of goats was restricted along with treatment with calcitriol in a similar protocol to that in a recent study with sheep. Plasma calcium and… CONTINUE READING

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