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Current Advances in Selenium Research and Applications - Volume 1

  • Current Advances in Selenium Research and Applications - Volume 1

Current Advances in Selenium Research and Applications - Volume 1

Edited by: Peter F. Surai and Jules A. Taylor-Pickard

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Author(s): Edited by: Peter F. Surai and Jules A. Taylor-Pickard

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Selenium (Se) is an essential dietary trace element participating in the regulation of various physiological functions in both animals and humans through its incorporation into selenoproteins as the amino acid selenocysteine. Among many minerals Se has a special place being the most controversial trace element with a narrow gap between essentiality and toxicity. Indeed there are important environmental issues considering selenium as a pollutant from the one hand and global selenium deficiency on the other. In fact, Se deficiency is considered as a risk factor for the development of various diseases in human and animals. Decreased Se availability from soils as a result of low soil pH and usage of synthetic fertilizers is the major concern in European countries causing inadequate Se levels in food and feeds. Furthermore, it seems likely that sodium selenite used for the last 30 years as a feed supplement is not an optimal form of Se and the usage of organic selenium in animal diets could help to maintain optimal Se status as well as high immunocompetence, productive and reproductive performance.

The aim of the present volume is to provide updated information on several important Se-related subjects, including Se status in Europe and ways of its improvement, advances in Se analysis and speciation in biological material, roles of selenium in poultry, pig and ruminant nutrition. Production of functional Se-enriched food, the relationship between selenium and mycotoxins, polyunsaturated fatty acids as well as reoviruses are also addressed.

This collection of articles will provide nutritionists, veterinarians, human doctors, researchers and any other readers with new insights into the exciting world of the goddess of the moon - SELENIUM.

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Author Edited by: Peter F. Surai and Jules A. Taylor-Pickard
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 352 pages
ISBN 9789086860739
Publication date 2008
Book Type Hardcover


    • Selenium deficiency in Europe: causes and consequences - P.F. Surai, V.I. Fisinin and T.T. Papazyan
      1. Introduction
      2. Role of selenium in human health
      3. Meeting selenium requirement
      4. Selenium in soils and plants
      5. Plants as major sources of selenium for animals and human
      6. Selenium sources for animal and human consumption
      7. Different strategies to address selenium deficiency in human
      8. Conclusions
    • Selenium deficiency in Russia: problems and decisions- N. Golubkina
      1. Introduction
      2. Human selenium status in Russia
      3. Dietetic sources of selenium in Russia
      4. Improving selenium status in Russia
    • Selenium status in Ukraine: food for thoughts - S.D. Melnichuk and P.F. Surai
      1. Introduction
      2. Health status of Ukrainians
      3. Selenium status of Ukraine
      4. Selenium and radiation
      5. Conclusions
    • Selenium-enriched eggs: from niche market to main stream - T.T. Papazyan, V.I. Fisinin and P.F. Surai
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium-enriched products
      3. Improving the image of the egg
      4. Selenium-enriched eggs as a route toward improving human selenium status
      5. Selenium-enriched eggs as functional food
      6. Conclusions
    • Analytical and technical considerations for selenium analysis in eggs, meat and milk R. Murphy and C. Connolly
      1. Introduction
      2. Stages of analysis
      3. Tissue analysis
      4. Conclusion
    • Analytical techniques for speciation of selenium in food and food supplements: state-of-the-art K. Bierla, J. Szpunar and R. Lobinski
      1. Introduction
      2. Speciation analysis for selenium in selenium-rich yeast
      3. Speciation analysis of selenium in meat and offal tissues
      4. Speciation of selenium in seafood
      5. Speciation analysis of selenium in eggs
      6. Speciation analysis of selenium in milk and in milk products
      7. Speciation of selenium in plants and samples of plant origin
      8. Conclusions and outreach
    • Selenium modifies avian reovirus pathogenicity related to malabsorption syndrome - F.W. Edens, J. Read-Snyder and R. Somody
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium influence on health of animals
      3. Selenium influence on host: virus interaction
      4. Influence of selenium on avian virus: host interaction
      5. Selenium, oxidative stress, and reovirus infection
      6. Reoviruses
      7. Avian reovirus infections in poultry species
      8. Selenium and immunological interactions during ar v infection in poultry
      9. ARV as an immunosuppressive agent
      10. Reovirus and immunoglobulin A (IgA)
      11. Apoptosis is a key to ARV pathogenesis in poultry
      12. Conclusion
    • Selenium, mycotoxins and other contaminants - M. Mézes and J.E. Dvorska
      1. Introduction
      2. Mycotoxins
      3. Other contaminants
    • Selenium and polyunsaturated fatty acids - A.C. Pappas and B.K. Speake
      1. Introduction
      2. Physiological roles of polyunsaturated fatty acids
      3. Interactions between PUFA and selenium
      4. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and selenium in maternal nutrition
    • Selenium in sheep nutrition K. Èobanová-Boldižárová, L Grešáková, Š. Faix, V. Petroviè and L. Leng
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium metabolism in sheep
      3. Conclusions
      4. Acknowledgements
    • Selenium in poultry nutrition - V.I. Fisinin, T.T. Papazyan and P.F. Surai
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium for breeders
      3. Selenium for broilers
      4. Selenium for commercial layers
      5. Optimal selenium forms in poultry diets
      6. Practical approaches to improve selenium status of poultry
      7. Conclusions
    • Selenium in pig nutrition - W.H. Close, P.F. Surai and J.A. Taylor-Pickard
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium deficiency
      3. Establishment of selenium requirements of pigs
      4. Relevance of selenium in pig production
      5. Maternal effect on the progeny: organic selenium vs.selenite
      6. Selenium and vitamin E in boar fertility
      7. Selenium nutrition of pigs at weaning
      8. Selenium in grower-finisher swine and meat quality
      9. Selenium-vitamin E combination
      10. Selenium and iron injection
      11. Conclusions
    • Selenium for dairy cows: an update - S. Andrieu and D. Wilde
      1. Introduction
      2. Selenium deficiency
      3. Signs of selenium deficiency
      4. Supplying selenium
      5. Selenium metabolism in dairy cows
      6. Increasing selenium levels in milk
      7. Selenium transfer from dam to calf
      8. Selenium effect on reproduction and immunity in dairy cows
      9. Selenium in final dairy products
      10. Conclusions
      Keyword index

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