Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 59–70 | Cite as

Protective role of supplemental vitamin E and selenium on lipid peroxidation, vitamin E, vitamin A, and some mineral concentrations of Japanese quails reared under heat stress

  • Kazim Sahin
  • Nurhan Sahin
  • Sema Yaralioglu
  • Muhittin Onderci


This study was conducted to determine the effects of vitamin E and selenium (Se) on lipid peroxidation (MDA), serum and liver concentration of antioxidant vitamins, and some minerals of Japanese quails reared under heat stress (34°C). One hundred twenty 10-d-old Japanese qualis (60 males, 60 females) were randomly assigned to 4 treatment groups, 3 replicates of 10 birds each. The experiment was designed in a 2×2 factorial arrangement using two levels of vitamin E (125 and 250 mg/kg of diet) and two levels of selenium (0.1 and 0.2 mg/kg of diet). Greater dietary vitamin E and selenium inclusions resulted in a greater (p=0.001) serum vitamin E and vitamin A, but lower (p=0.001) MDA concentrations. Liver vitamin E and vitamin A concentrations increased (p=0.001) and MDA concentrations decreased (p=0.001) when both dietary vitamin E and selenium increased. No interactions between vitamin E and selenium were detected (p≥0.11) for any parameters. Increasing both dietary vitamin E and selenium caused an increase in serum concentrations of Fe and Zn (p=0.001), but a decrease in serum concentration of Cu (p=0.001). Results of the present study showed that dietary vitamin E and selenium have synergistic effects and that supplementing a combination of dietary vitamin E (250 mg/kg of diet) and selenium (0.2 mg/kg of diet) offers a good management practice to reduce heat stress-related depression in performance of Japanese quails.

Index Entries

Japanese quails heat stress vitamin E selenium MDA Fe Zn Cu 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazim Sahin
    • 1
  • Nurhan Sahin
    • 2
  • Sema Yaralioglu
    • 3
  • Muhittin Onderci
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal Nutrition, Veterinary FacultyUniversity of FiratElazigTurkey
  2. 2.Veterinary Control and Research Institute of Ministry of AgricultureElazigTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Biochemistry, Veterinary FacultyUniversity of FiratElazigTurkey

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