The influence of transgenic event CBH 351 (Starlink)-derived hybrid corn (SL) on the health condition, physiological function and lactational performance of dairy cows as well as the transfer of the cry9C gene and Cry9C protein present in SL to milk, blood, liver and muscles was examined, and compared with a diet containing non-transgenic (isogenic) control corn (non-SL). After adapting to a diet containing non-SL for 2 weeks, four Holstein cows were assigned to each of the non-SL and SL groups and were fed diets containing non-SL or SL, respectively, for 5 weeks. There were no significant influences on the physiological condition, milk yield or serum biochemical and hematological values after feeding with SL. There was also no influence on pH value, cell density of protozoa, or volatile fatty acid concentration and composition of rumen fluids. In addition, no significant differences were observed on histopathological examination of the major organs and tissues between the SL and non-SL groups. Moreover, the cry9C gene and Cry9C protein were not detected by the polymerase chain reaction method and ELISA in the milk, blood, liver and muscles of the cows at the end of the experiment.
Yonemochi, C, T Ikeda, C Harada, T Kusama, M Hanazum. "Influence of transgenic corn (CBH 351, named Starlink) on health condition of dairy cows and transfer of Cry9C protein and cry9C gene to milk, blood, liver and muscle." Animal Science Journal 74.2 (2003): 81-88. Web. 13 Dec. 2018.
Yonemochi, C., Ikeda, T., Harada, C., Kusama, T., & Hanazum, M. (2003). Influence of transgenic corn (CBH 351, named Starlink) on health condition of dairy cows and transfer of Cry9C protein and cry9C gene to milk, blood, liver and muscle. Animal Science Journal, 74(2), 81-88. doi:10.1046/j.1344-3941.2003.00090.x
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