Special Issue "Antioxidants in Poultry Nutrition and Reproduction"
A special issue of Antioxidants (ISSN 2076-3921).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Poultry production is associated with a range of stresses, including nutritional, environmental, technological and biological/internal stress. Evidence is actively accumulating to prove that at the molecular level most of these stresses are associated with redox disbalance and oxidative stress, causing a decrease in productive and reproductive performance and compromising animal/poultry health. During evolution, antioxidant defence networks called “antioxidant systems” developed and are responsible for maintenance or redox balance of the cell/body and the prevention of damage to lipids, proteins and DNA. It is a difficult job for a poultry nutritionist to decide when the internal antioxidant system needs external help in the form of natural antioxidant dietary supplementation. Indeed, vitamin E and Se are essential parts of commercial vitamin–mineral premixes and are compulsorily added to poultry diets. Scientific evidence is actively accumulating to prove that carotenoid dietary supplementation could have positive effect on egg quality and poultry reproduction. Furthermore, carnitine and taurine are considered to be new entrants into the antioxidant family. They have been shown to regulate mitochondria function and integrity, and to be responsible for the maintenance of free radical production under physiological control. Carnitine and taurine are partly synthesised in poultry and the rest comes from the diet, mainly from animal-derived feed ingredients. However, in modern poultry production, the use of animal-derived feed ingredients has substantially decreased or often completely absent, making carnitine and taurine conditionally essential for poultry. The understanding of the molecular interactions between various antioxidants in poultry and their role in maintaining the redox balance and adaptation to stress in conjunction with transcription factors and vitagene activation is becoming a new direction in poultry nutrition.
This Special Issue will publish original research papers and reviews on aspects of natural antioxidants that relate to the following topics: the function and regulation of antioxidants in poultry; understanding the pathways of redox homeostasis in poultry; the relationship between various antioxidants and poultry reproduction and health; role of natural antioxidants in fighting commercially-relevant stresses (heat stress, mycotoxin stress, etc.), the role of natural antioxidants in maintaining meat and egg quality, etc.
Prof. Dr. Peter F. Surai
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- Natural antioxidants
- Vitamin E