Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Mrs Forough Ataollahi

Mrs Forough Ataollahi

Maternal mineral supplementation during late gestation and its effect on energy balance, bone health and immunity in ewes and their offspring

Maternal mineral supplementation during late gestation and its effect on energy balance, bone health and immunity in ewes and their offspring

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Minerals such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium play important roles in the animals body. It is well known they are critical for bone strength, muscle and nerve function. In addition, they act as co-factors in energy metabolism and have recently been shown to play a vital role in immune cell function. Under certain physiological situations, such as pregnancy, lactation and growth, due to the higher demands, mineral balance is impaired. This imbalance becomes exacerbated when the diet is low in minerals. Regulation of mineral homeostasis is under tight hormonal control, but despite these regulatory mechanisms, animals with a negative mineral balance during   late pregnancy and early lactation suffer from metabolic diseases that could lead to mortality and /or compromise the health and immunity of their offspring, which could have implications on both production  and welfare issues on-farm. The PhD study will identify the physiological role of mineral supplementation on energy balance, bone health and immunity to improve animal welfare and on farm productivity.

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CSU Postgraduate Research Scholarship

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Ataollahi F, Mohri M and Seifi HA (2013). Diagnostic value of cardiac troponin I (cTnI), creatine kinase (CK), and aspartate amino transferase (AST) in selenium defciency in lambs. Revue de Medecine Veterinaire 164.

Ataollahi F, Mohri M, Seifi HA, Pingguan-Murphy B, Wan Abas WAB and Osman NAA (2013). Evaluation of Copper Concentration in Subclinical Cases of White Muscle Disease and Its Relationship with Cardiac Troponin I. PLoS ONE 8(2), e56163. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0056163

Ataollahi F, Pingguan-Murphy B, Moradi A, Bakar Wan Abas WA, Chua KH and Abu Osman NA (2014). New method for the isolation of endothelial cells from large vessels. Cytotherapy 16(8), 1145-1152. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcyt.2014.01.010

Ataollahi F, Pramanik S, Moradi A, Dalilottojari A, Pingguan-Murphy B, Wan Abas  WAB and Abu Osman NA (2015). Endothelial cell responses in terms of adhesion, proliferation, and morphology to stiffness of polydimethylsiloxane elastomer substrates. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 103(7), 2203-2213. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.35186

Pramanik S, Ataollahi F, Pingguan-Murphy B, Oshkour AA and Osman NAA (2015). In Vitro Study of Surface Modified Poly(ethylene glycol)-Impregnated Sintered Bovine Bone Scaffolds on Human Fibroblast Cells. Scientific Reports 5, 9806. doi: 10.1038/srep09806

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