Dynamic changes in circulating levels of metabolites in the portal‐drained viscera of finishing pigs receiving acute administration of l ‐arginine Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study, we examined the effects of acute intravenous administration of l-arginine on circulating levels of metabolites in the portal-drained viscera (PDV) of 12 barrows surgically fitted with chronic catheters in the portal vein. At day 14 post-surgery, the pigs were fasted for 12 hr and then randomly allocated to one of three groups to receive administration of normal saline, l-alanine [103 mg/kg body weight (BW), isonitrogenous control] or l-arginine-HCl (61 mg/kg BW), via the portal vein. Blood samples were obtained from the carotid artery before and at 30-min intervals for 5 hr after the administration of saline or amino acid in order to determine metabolic profiles. The results showed that, compared with the saline treatment, arginine infusion increased plasma concentrations of insulin-like growth factor-I, arginine and cystine in the portal vein plasma, whereas plasma concentrations of threonine, serine, leucine and methionine were reduced. These findings indicate that increasing arginine concentrations in the portal vein alters the metabolic profile in swine, an established animal model for studying human nutrition and metabolism.

published proceedings

  • J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl)

author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, J., Tan, B., He, Q., Yin, Y., Wu, G., & Kong, X.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Yang, Jianying||Tan, Bi’e||He, Qinghua||Yin, Yulong||Wu, Guoyao||Kong, Xiangfeng

publication date

  • September 2020