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Effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the growth performance and intestinal health of broilers challenged with Clostridium perfringens

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Title
Effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the growth performance and intestinal health of broilers challenged with Clostridium perfringens
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Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, March 2018
DOI 10.1186/s40104-018-0243-3
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Zhui Li, Weiwei Wang, Dan Liu, Yuming Guo

Abstract

Clostridium perfringens is the main etiological agent of necrotic enteritis. Lactobacilli show beneficial effects on intestinal health in infectious disease, but the protective functions of lactobacilli inC. perfringens-infected chickens are scarcely described. This study examined the effects ofLactobacillus acidophilus(L. acidophilus) on the growth performance and intestinal health of broiler chickens challenged withClostridium perfringens(C. perfringens) over a 28-day period. Using a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments, a total of 308 1-day-old male Arbor Acres broiler chicks were included to investigate the effects ofLactobacillus acidophilus(L. acidophilus) on the growth performance and intestinal health of broiler chickens challenged withClostridium perfringens(C. perfringens) during a 28-day trial. During infection (d 14-21),C. perfringenschallenge decreased the average daily gain (P <  0.05), and increased feed conversion ratio and the mortality rate (P <  0.05). However, dietary supplementation withL. acidophilusincreased the body weight ofC. perfringens-infected broilers on d 21 (P <  0.05), and tended to decrease the mortality (P = 0.061).C. perfringenschallenge decreased the villus height (P <  0.05), the ratio of villus height to crypt depth (P <  0.05) andOCLN(occludin) mRNA expression (P <  0.05), and increased the pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in the spleen and jejunum, the intestinal populations ofC. perfringensandEscherichia(P < 0.05), and the serum content of endotoxin (P < 0.05), regardless ofL. acidophilussupplementation. In contrast, dietaryL. acidophilusreducedthe intestinal lesion score of challenged broilers (P < 0.05), the mRNA expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines, ileal populations ofEscherichiaand serum endotoxin content (P < 0.05), but increased the intestinalLactobacilluspopulations (P < 0.05), irrespective ofC. perfringenschallenge. Dietary addition ofL. acidophiluscould improve the intestinal health and reduce the mortality of broilers suffering from necrotic enteritis.

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Unknown 12 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 2 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 17%
Student > Bachelor 1 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 8%
Professor 1 8%
Other 3 25%
Unknown 2 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 33%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 25%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 1 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 8%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 2 17%

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