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Pathology of Bursae of Fabricius in Methionine-Deficient Broiler Chickens

Key Laboratory of Animal Diseases and Environmental Hazards of Sichuan Province, College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an 625014, China
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Nutrients 2013, 5(3), 877-886; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu5030877
Received: 31 January 2013 / Revised: 25 February 2013 / Accepted: 5 March 2013 / Published: 13 March 2013
The purpose of this 42-day study was to investigate the effects of methionine (Met) deficiency on immune function by determining the relative weight, morphological and ultrastructural changes of bursae of Fabricius, cell cycle, and apoptosis of bursa cells. One hundred and twenty one-day-old avian broilers were randomly divided into two groups and fed on a control diet (starter diet, Met 0.50%; grower diet, Met 0.40%) and Met-deficient diet (starter diet, Met 0.26%; grower diet, Met 0.28%) for six weeks. The relative weight of bursae was decreased with Met deficiency when compared to that of the control group. Lesions were also observed in the Met-deficient group. Histopathologically, the numbers of lymphocytes in the follicles were decreased. Ultrastructurally, the mitochondria of lymphocytes were swollen in the Met-deficient group. As measured by flow cytometry, bursal cells in the G0G1 phase were significantly higher (P < 0.01), and bursal cells in the S, G2M phases and proliferating index were obviously lower (P < 0.01) with Met deficiency than in the control group. Moreover, the percentage of apoptotic cells in the bursae were significantly increased in Met-deficient birds (P < 0.01). It was concluded that Met deficiency restrained the development of the bursae of Fabricius and affected the humoral immunity of the chickens. View Full-Text
Keywords: broilers; bursa of Fabricius; flow cytometry (FCM); methionine deficiency; pathology broilers; bursa of Fabricius; flow cytometry (FCM); methionine deficiency; pathology
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Wu, B.; Cui, H.; Peng, X.; Fang, J.; Cui, W.; Liu, X. Pathology of Bursae of Fabricius in Methionine-Deficient Broiler Chickens. Nutrients 2013, 5, 877-886.

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