Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Vance, Carrie

Committee Member

Brown-Johnson, Ashli

Committee Member

Willard, Scott T.

Committee Member

Ouyang, Xiaoguang

Date of Degree

5-4-2018

Original embargo terms

Visible to MSU only for 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Animal Physiology Program

Abstract

Biological samples (e.g. blood, urine) contain significant amounts of information with regard to physiological states, such as stress and reproduction. The detection and diagnosis of these states often require hormone analysis or specific instrumentation. From a holistic perspective, near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is used to detect and differentiate physiological states using spectral indices. In a quantitative context, three techniques were compared for their ability to provide accurate and reliable biochemical indices to determine urinary hormone concentrations. The objectives in this study were (1) to map NIR profiles of reproductive metabolites in water, (2) to differentiate estrous, pregnancy, and parturition using NIR, (3) to evaluate urinary normalization methods across stress and reproductive profiles, and (4) to validate an assay for the quantification of stress levels in urine and skin swabs. To investigate these objectives biological samples from mares, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) and Colorado boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) were analyzed.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/17814

Comments

aquaphotomics; endocrinology; specific gravity

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