1. 1. Maternal calcium homeostasis during pregnancy is strained due to fetal mineral requirements for bone formation. 2. 2. In most species, the mother adjusts to the mineral requirements of the fetus with alterations in her metabolism of vitamin D that include a decrease in plasma 25-(OH)D levels and an increase in circulating levels of the hormone, 1,25-(OH)2D. 3. 3. Plasma 25-(OH)D and 1,25-(OH)2D levels in adult male, adult female and pregnant sheep were measured by specific radioreceptor binding assays. 4. 4. Pregnancy did not alter circulating levels of 25-(OH)D or 1,25-(OH)2D in the sheep. 5. 5. The pregnant ewe differs from all species studied to date in that maternal plasma 1,25-(OH)2D levels do not rise as a result of pregnancy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology -- Part A: Physiology|
|State||Published - 1990|
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