The Protective Effects of Different Mycotoxin Adsorbents against Blood and Liver Pathological Changes Induced by Mold-contaminated Feed in Broilers

  • Che, Zhengquan (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University) ;
  • Liu, Yulan (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University) ;
  • Wang, Huirong (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University) ;
  • Zhu, Huiling (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University) ;
  • Hou, Yongqing (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University) ;
  • Ding, Binying (Hubei Key Laboratory of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, Wuhan Polytechnic University)
  • Received : 2010.01.12
  • Accepted : 2010.03.24
  • Published : 2011.02.01


An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of different mycotoxin adsorbents including esterified glucomannan (EGM), hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate (HSCAS) and compound mycotoxin adsorbent (CMA) on performance, blood parameters, and liver pathological changes in broilers fed mold-contaminated feed. Two hundred and forty 10-day-old broilers were randomly assigned to one of the five dietary treatments including: i) control diet; ii) mold-contaminated diet; iii) moldcontaminated diet+0.05% EGM; iv) mold-contaminated diet+0.2% HSCAS; v) mold-contaminated diet+0.1% CMA. At 35-days-old, blood and liver tissue samples were collected for analysis. 0.1% CMA improved ADG and ADFI during 10-42 d compared to the moldcontaminated group (p<0.05). The mold-contaminated diet increased total white blood cell (WBC) number, haemoglobin (Hgb) concentration, hematocrit (Hct) level, serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and ${\gamma}$-glutamyl transferase (GGT) activities, and decreased red blood cell (RBC) number and serum globulin (GLB) and urea nitrogen (BUN) concentrations (p<0.05). The three mycotoxin adsorbents alleviated the alteration of RBC, WBC, Hgb and AST caused by the mold-contaminated diet. Furthermore, 0.1% CMA increased GLB concentration and decreased Hct level and GGT activity (p<0.05). Liver superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity was reduced, and myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity was increased by the mold-contaminated diet (p<0.05). Both EGM and HSCAS prevented the increase of MPO activity (p<0.05). Liver lesion, including severe vacuolar degeneration of hepatocytes, was observed in chicks fed the mold-contaminated diet. 0.05% EGM prevented these effects except for biliary hyperplasia and mild vacuolar degeneration. 0.2% HSCAS showed medium vacuolar degeneration of hepatocytes. Liver of broilers fed 0.1% CMA revealed a mild vacuolar degeneration. These results indicate that a mold-contaminated diet results in adverse effects on blood parameters and liver morphology. 0.05% EGM and 0.2% HSCAS partially alleviated the adverse effects. However, 0.1% CMA almost completely ameliorated the adverse effects.


Mycotoxin;Mycotoxin Adsorbents;Blood Parameters;Liver Morphology;Broilers


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