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The In Ovo Feeding Administration (Gallus Gallus)—An Emerging In Vivo Approach to Assess Bioactive Compounds with Potential Nutritional Benefits

by Tao Hou 1 and Elad Tako 2,*
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College of Food Science and Technology, HuaZhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
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USDA-ARS, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
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Nutrients 2018, 10(4), 418; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10040418
Received: 13 February 2018 / Revised: 15 March 2018 / Accepted: 24 March 2018 / Published: 28 March 2018
In recent years, the in ovo feeding in fertilized broiler (Gallus gallus) eggs approach was further developed and currently is widely applied in the evaluation process of the effects of functional foods (primarily plant origin compounds) on the functionality of the intestinal brush border membrane, as well as potential prebiotic properties and interactions with the intestinal microbial populations. This review collates the information of potential nutrients and their effects on the mineral absorption, gut development, brush border membrane functionality, and immune system. In addition, the advantages and limitations of the in ovo feeding method in the assessment of potential prebiotic effects of plant origin compounds is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: intra-amniotic administration; in ovo feeding; prebiotics; mineral absorption; gut development; immune system intra-amniotic administration; in ovo feeding; prebiotics; mineral absorption; gut development; immune system
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Hou, T.; Tako, E. The In Ovo Feeding Administration (Gallus Gallus)—An Emerging In Vivo Approach to Assess Bioactive Compounds with Potential Nutritional Benefits. Nutrients 2018, 10, 418.

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