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Table 5 Metabolic parameters in liver biopsy and plasma samples of dairy cows in the transition period and at different stages of lactation

From: Expression of genes involved in hepatic carnitine synthesis and uptake in dairy cows in the transition period and at different stages of lactation

  3 wk prepartum 1 wk postpartum 5 wk postpartum 14 wk postpartum P-value
Plasma NEFA (μmol/L) 103d ± 10 864a ± 47 276b ± 16 171c ± 11 < 0.001
Liver triglyceride (mg/g wet weight) 4.56c ± 0.45 23.5b ± 2.6 64.3a ± 10.3 3.18c ± 0.28 < 0.001
Plasma BHBA (μmol/L) 484b ± 23 707a ± 42 724a ± 46 521b ± 24 < 0.001
  1. Values are mean ± SE (n = 20).
  2. a, b, c, d Means with different superscripts differ significantly (P < 0.05)