Blood samples were collected by cardiac puncture from nine-week-old suncus, mice and rats those had been fasted for 16 hours, and the serum was assayed for the levels of corticosterone, cortisol, and other constituents. The following results were obtained: The serum levels of corticosterone and cortisol and corticosterone/cortisol ratio of suncus were about the same as those of human. The SGPT, gamma-GT, ALP, LDH, Ca and K values in suncus were all within the normal range of the respective values in human. SGOT, amylase, BUN, Na, Cl, Fe and inorganic phosphate values were higher, and total cholesterol, triglyceride, phospholipid, creatinine, urea, total protein, albumin and bilirubin levels were lower in suncus than the respective normal values in human. The values of SGOT, amylase, ZTT, and K were higher in female than in male suncus, while the values of gamma-GT and ALP were higher in the male. Feeding the animals individually in the individual cages for a week increased the values of direct bilirubin, total cholesterol, ZTT, Na, K and Cl and lowered the value of urea. The values of SGPT, ALP and triglyceride of suncus obtained in 1984 were higher, the value of albumin was lower, than the respective values obtained in 1983. The value of cholinesterase in suncus was very small.
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