Molecules 2011, 16(4), 2766-2784; doi:10.3390/molecules16042766
Review

The Effect of Tannins on Mediterranean Ruminant Ingestive Behavior: The Role of the Oral Cavity

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Received: 21 January 2011; in revised form: 10 March 2011 / Accepted: 22 March 2011 / Published: 25 March 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tannins)
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Abstract: Sheep, cattle and goat are domestic ruminants of significant economic interest in the Mediterranean region. Although sharing the same pasture ranges, they ingest different plants and plant parts and, consequently different levels of tannins. This suggests an ability to detect and adapt ingestion according to animal physiological limits of tolerance for plant secondary metabolites. This review will detail the effects of dietary tannins on feeding behavior, and the role of the oral cavity in this process, with focus on such ruminant species. The role of salivary protein profile in tannin perception in the oral cavity, and as a defense mechanism, will be discussed.
Keywords: polyphenols; diet selection; ruminants; salivary proteins; tannin-protein interaction
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Lamy, E.; Rawel, H.; Schweigert, F.J.; Capela e Silva, F.; Ferreira, A.; Costa, A.R.; Antunes, C.; Almeida, A.M.; Coelho, A.V.; Sales-Baptista, E. The Effect of Tannins on Mediterranean Ruminant Ingestive Behavior: The Role of the Oral Cavity. Molecules 2011, 16, 2766-2784.

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Lamy E, Rawel H, Schweigert FJ, Capela e Silva F, Ferreira A, Costa AR, Antunes C, Almeida AM, Coelho AV, Sales-Baptista E. The Effect of Tannins on Mediterranean Ruminant Ingestive Behavior: The Role of the Oral Cavity. Molecules. 2011; 16(4):2766-2784.

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Lamy, Elsa; Rawel, Harshadrai; Schweigert, Florian J.; Capela e Silva, Fernando; Ferreira, Ana; Costa, Ana Rodrigues; Antunes, Célia; Almeida, André Martinho; Coelho, Ana Varela; Sales-Baptista, Elvira. 2011. "The Effect of Tannins on Mediterranean Ruminant Ingestive Behavior: The Role of the Oral Cavity." Molecules 16, no. 4: 2766-2784.

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