The role of the somatotrophic axis in the metabolism of the chicken.

@article{Buyse1999TheRO,
  title={The role of the somatotrophic axis in the metabolism of the chicken.},
  author={Johan Buyse and Eddy M-P Decuypere},
  journal={Domestic animal endocrinology},
  year={1999},
  volume={17 2-3},
  pages={245-55}
}
As it is for mammalian species, growth hormone (GH) is indispensable for normal growth and development of avian species. In contrast to mammals, exogenous GH administration has little, if any, potential for improving the growth rate and feed efficiency of rapidly growing broilers; it is more likely to do so in older birds. This is at least partly because of age-related changes in tissue GH-binding activity and GH-receptor mRNA expression. The effects of GH on lipid deposition depends on the age… CONTINUE READING

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