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Cold-induced vasodilation in the brood patch of Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The development of the avian embryo is dependent of heat provisioning from the parents. To increase the heat transfer to a cooled egg the Zebra finch females develop a brood patch. Mild cooling generally constricts the blood vessels but the Arterio-venous anastomoses (AVA) in the brood patch in birds dilate. This is called cold-induced vasodilation CIVD. The Zebra finches were anesthetized with isoflurane and the brood patch was stimulated with a cooling probe set at 20-21 °C. Differences in the vascular changes to cooling in broody and non- broody birds were studied by comparing males and broody females. The brood patch skin was cooled, but no cold-induced vasodilation (CIVD) was documented for the males or the broody females. Isoflurane anesthesia depresses the sympathetic nervous system activity and the results support that the mechanism for CIVD in the brood patch of Zebra finches depends on a neural pathway, but does not exclude a local non-neural mechanism.

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2010. , 18 p.
Keyword [en]
Brood patch, broody, cold-induced vasodilation, mechanism, non-broody, Zebra finch
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Physiology Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57193ISRN: LITH-IFM-G-EX--10/2332--SEOAI: diva2:323667
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Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-06-11 Last updated: 2012-01-05Bibliographically approved

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