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Poult Sci. 2012 Aug;91(8):1838-45. doi: 10.3382/ps.2012-02284.

Protective effects of zinc-bearing clinoptilolite on broilers challenged with Salmonella pullorum.

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College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, PR China.

Abstract

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of zinc-bearing clinoptilolite (ZnCP) on broilers challenged with Salmonella pullorum for a 21-d feeding trial. A total of 240 one-day-old chickens was allocated into 4 treatment groups: 1) nonchallenged control (CON) fed basal diet; 2) S. pullorum-challenged control (SCC) fed basal diet; 3) Salmonella challenge fed basal diet plus antibiotic (ANT); 4) Salmonella challenge fed basal diet plus 0.2% ZnCP (ZnCP). Compared with CON, Salmonella challenge caused adverse effects on ADG (P<0.05), ADFI, feed/gain ratio in broilers, Salmonella and Lactobacillus colonies at 7 d (P<0.05) and 21 d, and serum diamine oxidase (DAO) activity. Moreover, the relative weight of spleen of 21-d birds, malondialdehyde (MDA) content of jejunual and ileal mucosa at 21 d, and the superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity of ileal mucosa were also significantly negatively affected by SCC treatment (P<0.05). Supplementation of ZnCP in basal diet significantly improved ADG and reduced Salmonella colonies in cecal contents and serum DAO activity both at 7 and 21 d (P<0.05), compared with SCC. Furthermore, supplementation with ZnCP as well as ANT signi´Čücantly decreased the relative weight of spleen at 21 d, reduced MDA contents of jejunual and ileal mucosa at 21 d (P<0.05), and improved the SOD activity of ileal mucosa at 7 d as compared with SCC (P<0.05). The results suggested that ZnCP addition in feed exerted protective effects on performance and gut health of broilers against S. pullorum infection.

PMID:
22802176
DOI:
10.3382/ps.2012-02284
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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