Effect of MER-29 on Egg Production in the Chicken

T. L. Burgess, C. L. Burgess, J. D. Wilson

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Administration of MER-29 to laying hens is followed over a 2-week period by gradual replacement of 85% of the egg cholesterol by desmosterol. The accumulation of desmosterol in the egg is followed by cessation of egg production; following withdrawal of MER-29 from the diet, egg production returns to normal only after a lag phase of 12 days. This sequence of events suggests that MER-29 inhibits maturation of the ova rather than the subsequent events in egg formation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-221
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1962

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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