Honors College | Session 5

Title

alpha-Tocopherol in Hind-Gut Fermenters

Presenter Information

Hannah HiteFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Animal Technology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. William DeWees; Dr. Warren Edminster

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this paper is to provide a collective amount of information on Vitamin-E and its metabolism in the body of hind-gut fermenters, such as: horses, elephants, and rhinoceros. Horses and elephants have very similar GI tracts and my primary objective is to demonstrate how they process Vitamin-E and whether they are susceptible to the same illnesses when they are Vitamin-E deficient. There are also different types and brands of supplements claiming to elevate Vitamin-E (α-tocopherol) levels in the blood. I will evaluate the supplements and the patterns of their use to determine their efficacy in elevating Vitamin-E status in hind-gut fermenters. Elephants systems are structurally sized differently than in horses, and this causes varying successful absorption of Vitamin-E. I want to see what this difference causes, and the specific research has been done into it. What products work best in maintaining Vitamin-E in the bloodstream of elephants and horses? How do the species differ in the products that work best? Why do the levels fall so quickly? And what can be done to raise α-tocopherol levels in the blood?

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alpha-Tocopherol in Hind-Gut Fermenters

The purpose of this paper is to provide a collective amount of information on Vitamin-E and its metabolism in the body of hind-gut fermenters, such as: horses, elephants, and rhinoceros. Horses and elephants have very similar GI tracts and my primary objective is to demonstrate how they process Vitamin-E and whether they are susceptible to the same illnesses when they are Vitamin-E deficient. There are also different types and brands of supplements claiming to elevate Vitamin-E (α-tocopherol) levels in the blood. I will evaluate the supplements and the patterns of their use to determine their efficacy in elevating Vitamin-E status in hind-gut fermenters. Elephants systems are structurally sized differently than in horses, and this causes varying successful absorption of Vitamin-E. I want to see what this difference causes, and the specific research has been done into it. What products work best in maintaining Vitamin-E in the bloodstream of elephants and horses? How do the species differ in the products that work best? Why do the levels fall so quickly? And what can be done to raise α-tocopherol levels in the blood?