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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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COELHO, L.A.; SASA, A.; BICUDO, S.D.  and  BALIEIRO, J.C.C.. Plasma concentrations of testosterone, triiodothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4) in bucks submitted to heat stress. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2008, vol.60, n.6, pp. 1338-1345. ISSN 0102-0935.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352008000600007.

To verify the effect of heat stress (HS) on plasma testosterone, triiodothyronine (T3), and thyroxine (T4) concentrations, eight Saanen (n=4) and Alpine Brown (n=4) bucks were kept in climate chamber under thermal neutral conditions (13.0ºC to 26.7ºC) for 30 days. After a resting period (60 days), the same bucks were submitted to heat stress (23.7ºC to 34.0ºC) for another 30 days. To neutralize the seasonal variations of hormonal profiles throughout the period, the photoperiod was controlled every 30 days altering long (16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness) and short days (8 hours of light and 16 hours of darkness). The blood samples were collected twice a week during five weeks. In both breeds, there was no effect of HS (P>0.05) on plasma concentrations of testosterone (1.8±0.2 vs 1.3±0.2ng/ml) and T4 (52.7±2.8 vs 50.0±2.8ng/ml). There was a decline (P<0.01) of plasma T3 concentrations (1.3±0.1 vs 1.0±0.1ng/ml) after HS treatment, but this reduction was only evident in Saanen bucks. In both breeds, the plasma concentrations of T3 and T4 varied (P<0.01) according to the day of blood sample collection. The HS was sufficient to provoke a physiological response with reduction of plasma concentrations of thyroid hormones mainly of T3 in Saanen bucks, but not in Alpine ones. The HS did not affect the plasma testosterone and T4 levels.

Keywords : buck; heat stress; testosterone; thyroid hormones.

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