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Title: Differential Responses of Cecal Microbiota to Fishmeal, 'Eimeria' and 'Clostridium perfringens' in a Necrotic Enteritis Challenge Model in Chickens
Contributor(s): Stanley, Dragana (author); Wu, Shubiao  (author)orcid ; Rodgers, Nicholas  (author); Swick, Robert A  (author)orcid ; Moore, Robert (author)
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104739Open Access Link
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Abstract: 'Clostridium perfringens' causes enteric diseases in animals and humans. In poultry, avian-specific 'C. perfringens' strains cause necrotic enteritis, an economically significant poultry disease that costs the global industry over $2 billion annually in losses and control measures. With removal of antibiotic growth promoters in some countries this disease appears to be on the rise. In experimental conditions used to study disease pathogenesis and potential control measures, reproduction of the disease relies on the use of predisposing factors such as 'Eimeria' infection and the use of high protein diets, indicating complex mechanisms involved in the onset of necrotic enteritis. The mechanisms by which the predisposing factors contribute to disease progression are not well understood but it has been suggested that they may cause perturbations in the microbiota within the gastrointestinal tract. We inspected changes in cecal microbiota and short chain fatty acids (SCFA) induced by 'Eimeria' and fishmeal, in birds challenged or not challenged with 'C. perfringens'. 'C. perfringens' challenge in the absence of predisposing factors did not cause significant changes in either the alpha or beta diversity of the microbiota nor in concentrations of SCFA. Moreover, there was no 'C. perfringens' detected in the cecal microbiota 2 days post challenge without the presence of predisposing factors. In contrast, both fishmeal and Eimeria caused significant changes in microbiota, seen in both alpha and beta diversity and also enabled 'C. perfringens' to establish itself post challenge. 'Eimeria' had its strongest influence on intestinal microbiota and SCFA when combined with fishmeal. Out of 6 SCFAs measured, including butyric acid, none were significantly influenced by 'C. perfringens', but their levels were strongly modified following the use of both predisposing factors. There was little overlap in the changes caused following 'Eimeria' and fishmeal treatments, possibly indicating multiple routes for progressing towards clinical symptoms of necrotic enteritis.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: PLoS One, 9(8), p. 1-10
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1932-6203
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070205 Animal Protection (Pests and Pathogens)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 300304 Animal protection (incl. pests and pathogens)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830309 Poultry
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 100411 Poultry
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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