In order to study the regulation of food intake and correlated body energy metabolism, the effect of restricted feeding during the light period in female IVCS mice was investigated. Access to food and water was restricted (RF group) for 3 weeks only from 10:00 hr to 17:00 hr, and that in the control group remained ad libitum. After starting food restriction (day 1), mean food intake decreased to 10% of the control value, then rose sharply, over the next 3 days, to reach 70% of the control value. Then, it decreased gradually to about 50% of the control value and remained at this low level thereafter. There was no significant difference between mean body weights for the two groups. Feed-efficiency was considered, therefore, to be higher in the RF than in the control group. RF-treatment increased plasma corticosterone levels and decreased locomotor activity. However, the diurnal patterns of plasma corticosterone levels and locomotor activity observed suggest that the circadian rhythm, synchronized with the light-dark cycle, persisted during RF-treatment. These findings suggest that restricted feeding during the naturally inactive phase (light period) induces a decrease in food intake. Animals seem to adapt to underfeeding, at least partly, by increasing feed-efficiency and plasma corticosterone levels and decreasing locomotor activity.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1991 Apr|
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