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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238709/occludin-expression-and-regulation-in-small-follicles-of-the-layer-and-broiler-breeder-hen
#1
C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 23, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237346/improvement-of-post-thawed-sperm-quality-and-fertility-of-arian-rooster-by-oral-administration-of-d-aspartic-acid
#2
Mahdi Ansari, Mahdi Zhandi, Hamid Kohram, Mojtaba Zaghari, Mostafa Sadeghi, Mohsen Sharafi
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of d-Aspartic acid (D-Asp) on post-thawed sperm quality, fertility and hatchability outcomes in male broiler breeders. Twenty 55-week-old roosters were selected and equally split into four groups (n = 5 rooster/group). Different daily D-Asp doses including 0 (D-0), 100 (D-100), 200 (D-200) or 300 (D-300) mg/kg BW were capsulated and individually administered for 12 weeks to roosters in each group. Semen samples were weekly collected from 7th to 12th week of experiment...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183170/physico-chemical-properties-of-late-incubation-egg-amniotic-fluid-and-a-potential-in-ovo-feed-supplement
#3
Apeh A Omede, Momenuzzaman M Bhuiyan, Fakrul A Islam, Paul A Iji
This study explored the physico-chemical properties of late-incubation egg amniotic fluid and a potential in ovo feed (IOF) supplement. Amniotic fluid was collected from broiler breeders (Ross 308, 51 weeks and Cobb 500, 35 weeks) on day 17 after incubation. A mixture of high-quality soy protein supplement - Hamlet Protein AviStart (HPA) was serially diluted in MilliQ water to obtain solutions ranging from 150 to 9.375 mg/ml. The mixtures were heat-treated (0, 30, 60 minutes) in a waterbath (80 oC) and then centrifuged to obtain supernatants...
January 26, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177898/maternal-dietary-zinc-supplementation-enhances-the-epigenetic-activated-antioxidant-ability-of-chick-embryos-from-maternal-normal-and-high-temperatures
#4
Yongwen Zhu, Xiudong Liao, Lin Lu, Wenxiang Li, Liyang Zhang, Cheng Ji, Xi Lin, Hsiao-Ching Liu, Jack Odle, Xugang Luo
The role of maternal dietary zinc supplementation in protecting the embryos from maternal hyperthermia-induced negative effects via epigenetic mechanisms was examined using an avian model (Gallus gallus). Broiler breeder hens were exposed to two maternal temperatures (21°C and 32°C) × three maternal dietary zinc treatments (zinc-unsupplemented control diet, the control diet + 110 mg zinc/kg inorganic or organic zinc) for 8 weeks. Maternal hyperthermia increased the embryonic mortality and induced oxidative damage evidenced by the elevated mRNA expressions of heat shock protein genes...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177396/growth-heterogeneity-in-broiler-breeder-pullets-is-settled-before-the-onset-of-feed-restriction-but-is-not-predicted-by-size-at-hatch
#5
C Lindholm, J Jönsson, A Calais, A Middelkoop, N Yngwe, E Berndtson, J J Lees, E Hult, J Altimiras
Uniform growth is a desirable trait in all large-scale animal production systems because it simplifies animal management and increases profitability. In parental broiler flocks, so-called broiler breeders, low growth uniformity is largely attributed to the feed competition that arises from quantitatively restricted feeding. As feed restriction is crucial to maintaining healthy and fertile breeders, several practices for reducing feed competition and the associated growth heterogeneity have been suggested and range from nutrient dilution by increasing fiber content in feed to intermittent fasting with increased portion size ("skip a day"), but no practice appears to be entirely effective...
January 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159999/precision-feeding-innovative-management-of-broiler-breeder-feed-intake-and-flock-uniformity
#6
M J Zuidhof, M V Fedorak, C A Ouellette, I I Wenger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 4, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130743/effects-of-zinc-glycinate-on-productive-and-reproductive-performance-zinc-concentration-and-antioxidant-status-in-broiler-breeders
#7
Ling Zhang, Yong-Xia Wang, Xue Xiao, Jiang-Shui Wang, Qian Wang, Kai-Xuan Li, Tian-Yu Guo, Xiu-An Zhan
An experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of zinc glycinate (Zn-Gly) supplementation as an alternative for zinc sulphate (ZnSO4) on productive and reproductive performance, zinc (Zn) concentration and antioxidant status in broiler breeders. Six hundred 39-week-old Lingnan Yellow broiler breeders were randomly assigned to 6 groups consisting of 4 replicates with 25 birds each. Breeders were fed a basal diet (control group, 24 mg Zn/kg diet), basal diet supplemented with 80 mg Zn/kg diet from ZnSO4 or basal diet supplemented with 20, 40, 60 and 80 mg Zn/kg diet from Zn-Gly...
January 27, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086790/rna-sequencing-for-global-gene-expression-associated-with-muscle-growth-in-a-single-male-modern-broiler-line-compared-to-a-foundational-barred-plymouth-rock-chicken-line
#8
Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Hudson, Dongwon Seo, Seok Lee, Bhuwan Khatri, Kentu Lassiter, Devin Cook, Alissa Piekarski, Sami Dridi, Nicholas Anthony, Walter Bottje
BACKGROUND: Modern broiler chickens exhibit very rapid growth and high feed efficiency compared to unselected chicken breeds. The improved production efficiency in modern broiler chickens was achieved by the intensive genetic selection for meat production. This study was designed to investigate the genetic alterations accumulated in modern broiler breeder lines during selective breeding conducted over several decades. METHODS: To identify genes important in determining muscle growth and feed efficiency in broilers, RNA sequencing (RNAseq) was conducted with breast muscle in modern pedigree male (PeM) broilers (n = 6 per group), and with an unselected foundation broiler line (Barred Plymouth Rock; BPR)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049430/spread-of-avian-pathogenic-escherichia-coli-st117-o78-h4-in-nordic-broiler-production
#9
Troels Ronco, Marc Stegger, Rikke Heidemann Olsen, Camilla Sekse, Anne Bang Nordstoga, Tarja Pohjanvirta, Berit Lilje, Ulrike Lyhs, Paal Skytt Andersen, Karl Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli infections known as colibacillosis constitute a considerable challenge to poultry farmers worldwide, in terms of decreased animal welfare and production economy. Colibacillosis is caused by avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC). APEC strains are extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli and have in general been characterized as being a genetically diverse population. In the Nordic countries, poultry farmers depend on import of Swedish broiler breeders which are part of a breeding pyramid...
January 3, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043349/effects-of-guanidinoacetic-acid-diet-supplementation-on-semen-quality-and-fertility-of-broiler-breeder-roosters
#10
Ramin Shahabi Tapeh, Mahdi Zhandi, Mojtaba Zaghari, Amir Akhlaghi
Decreased semen quality and fertility rate is a common feature in broiler breeder roosters. This decrease is associated with dysfunction of Sertoli cells and defective spermatogenesis. Guanidinoacetic acid (GAA), as a precursor of creatine, plays an important role in the proper functioning of Sertoli cells and energy metabolism in sperm. Twenty, 29-wk-old broiler breeder roosters (Ross 308) were randomly allotted to 4 treatment groups and fed diets supplemented with different levels of GAA, including 0 (GAA-0), 600 (GAA-600), 1200 (GAA-1200), and 1800 (GAA-1800) mg GAA/kg of diet for 26 successive weeks...
February 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012117/complete-genome-sequence-analysis-of-chicken-astrovirus-isolate-from-india
#11
Amrutlal K Patel, Ramesh J Pandit, Jalpa R Thakkar, Ankit T Hinsu, Vinod C Pandey, Joy K Pal, Kantilal S Prajapati, Subhash J Jakhesara, Chaitanya G Joshi
OBJECTIVE: Chicken astroviruses have been known to cause severe disease in chickens leading to increased mortality and "white chicks" condition. Here we aim to characterize the causative agent of visceral gout suspected for astrovirus infection in broiler breeder chickens. METHODS: Total RNA isolated from allantoic fluid of SPF embryo passaged with infected chicken sample was sequenced by whole genome shotgun sequencing using ion-torrent PGM platform. The sequence was analysed for the presence of coding and non-coding features, its similarity with reported isolates and epitope analysis of capsid structural protein...
March 2017: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002933/effects-of-different-methionine-sources-on-production-and-reproduction-performance-egg-quality-and-serum-biochemical-indices-of-broiler-breeders
#12
Xue Xiao, Yongxia Wang, Weilong Liu, Tingting Ju, Xiuan Zhan
The study was conducted to evaluate the effects of different methionine (Met) sources on production performance, reproduction performance, egg quality and serum biochemical indices in broiler breeders. After receiving a basal diet (containing 0.25% Met) for a 2-wk pretreatment period, a total of 360 39-wk-old Lingnan yellow broiler breeders were randomly allocated to four treatments with six replicates each (15 birds per replicate). Breeders were fed with basal diets (control) or diets supplemented with DL-methionine (DLM), DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthio butytric calcium (MHA-Ca) and coated DL-Met (CME) respectively (containing 0...
December 17, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982712/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-an-autogenous-escherichia-coli-vaccine-in-broiler-breeders
#13
Lili Li, Ida Thøfner, Jens Peter Christensen, Troels Ronco, Karl Pedersen, Rikke H Olsen
In poultry production Escherichia coli autogenous vaccines are often used. However, the efficacy of autogenous E. coli vaccinations has not been evaluated experimentally in chickens after start of lay. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the protective effect of an autogenous E. coli vaccine in broiler breeders. Three groups of 28 weeks old broiler breeders (unvaccinated, vaccinated once and twice, respectively) were challenged with a homologous E. coli strain (same strain as included in the vaccine) or a heterologous challenge strain in an experimental ascending model...
December 16, 2016: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928940/epidemiological-and-pathological-investigation-of-fowl-aviadenovirus-serotypes-8b-and-11-isolated-from-chickens-with-inclusion-body-hepatitis-in-spain-2011-2013
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S Oliver-Ferrando, R Dolz, C Calderón, R Valle, R Rivas, M Pérez, M Biarnés, A Blanco, K Bertran, A Ramis, N Busquets, N Majó
Inclusion body hepatitis caused by different fowl aviadenovirus (FAdV) serotypes has been described in several countries in recent years. In Spain, from the spring of 2011 to 2013, an increased number of outbreaks in broiler and broiler breeder flocks from different regions occurred. The objectives of the present work were to carry out the molecular characterization of FAdV strains from Spanish inclusion body hepatitis cases and to study the pathogenicity and viral dynamics of these strains in specific pathogen-free (SPF) chickens...
April 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920198/effects-of-breeder-age-strain-and-eggshell-temperature-on-nutrient-metabolism-of-broiler-embryos
#15
A Nangsuay, R Meijerhof, I van den Anker, M J W Heetkamp, B Kemp, H van den Brand
Breeder age and broiler strain influence the availability of nutrients and oxygen through yolk size and eggshell conductance, and the effects of these egg characteristics on nutrient metabolism might be influenced by eggshell temperature (EST). This study aims to determine effects of breeder age, strain, and EST on nutrient metabolism of embryos. A study was designed as a 2 × 2 × 2 factorial arrangement using four batches of in total 4,464 hatching eggs of 2 flock ages at 29 to 30 wk (young) and 54 to 55 wk (old) of Ross 308 and Cobb 500...
December 5, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902908/improved-performance-of-broilers-and-broiler-breeders-associated-with-an-amended-vaccination-program-against-reovirosis
#16
Peter De Herdt, Marlies Broeckx, Filip Van Driessche, Bart Vermeiren, Geert Van Den Abeele, Stefaan Van Gorp
A vertically integrated monitoring program was set up for breeders hatched in 2013 and their offspring to detect differences in performance related to the reovirus vaccination schedule. Within the same organization in Belgium, 17 breeder flocks were vaccinated with one dose of live and one dose of inactivated reovirus vaccine, while 14 flocks received two doses of inactivated vaccine without live priming. The hatchability of the eggs produced by these birds was examined. Further, the daily growth, feed conversion, mortality, slaughterhouse condemnation, production index, and antibiotic use were monitored in 110 broiler flocks derived from the breeders...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902905/pathogenicity-of-genome-reassortant-infectious-bursal-disease-viruses-in-chickens-and-turkeys
#17
Daral J Jackwood, Simone T Stoute, Beate M Crossley
Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) contains two genome segments (segment A/segment B) that can reassort among the viruses. Reassortant IBDVs have been identified in several countries including the United States. These reassortant viruses usually include at least one genome segment from a very virulent (vv)IBDV strain. In vivo virulence of six reassortant IBDV from the United States was assessed relative to the virulence of three frequently described IBDV pathotypes: vvIBDV (rB strain), classic virulent (cv)IBDV (STC strain), and subclinical (sc)IBDV (Del-E strain)...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902904/infection-with-some-infectious-bursal-disease-virus-pathotypes-produces-virus-in-chicken-muscle-tissue-and-the-role-of-humoral-immunity-as-a-mitigation-strategy
#18
Mariana Sá E Silva, Kateri Bertran, Kira Moresco, Daral J Jackwood, David E Swayne
Infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) causes important economic losses and negatively affects global trade in poultry and poultry products. This study determined the presence of IBDV in primary lymphoid tissues and muscle tissue of infected broilers and the role of vaccination as a mitigation strategy. In the first study, specific-pathogen-free (SPF) broiler chickens were challenged with STC (classical [cIBDV]), Indiana (variant [varIBDV]), rA (very virulent [vvIBDV]), or Ohio (serotype 2, avirulent) IBDV...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890044/effect-of-dietary-manganese-on-antioxidant-status-and-expressions-of-heat-shock-proteins-and-factors-in-tissues-of-laying-broiler-breeders-under-normal-and-high-environmental-temperatures
#19
Yong-Wen Zhu, Lin Lu, Wen-Xiang Li, Li-Yang Zhang, Cheng Ji, Xi Lin, Hsiao-Ching Liu, Jack Odle, Xu-Gang Luo
To investigate the effect of Mn on antioxidant status and on the expressions of heat shock proteins/factors in tissues of laying broiler breeders subjected to heat challenge, we used a completely randomised design (n 6) with a factorial arrangement of 2 environmental temperatures (normal, 21±1°C, and high, 32±1°C)×3 dietary Mn treatments (a Mn-unsupplemented basal diet (CON), or a basal diet supplemented with 120 mg Mn/kg diet, either as inorganic Mn sulphate (iMn) or as organic Mn proteinate (oMn)). There were no interactions (P>0·10) between environmental temperature and dietary Mn in any of the measured indices...
December 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876045/seroprevalence-of-avian-hepatitis-e-virus-and-avian-leucosis-virus-subgroup-j-in-chicken-flocks-with-hepatitis-syndrome-china
#20
Yani Sun, Taofeng Du, Baoyuan Liu, Shahid Faraz Syed, Yiyang Chen, Huixia Li, Xinjie Wang, Gaiping Zhang, En-Min Zhou, Qin Zhao
BACKGROUND: From 2014 to 2015 in China, many broiler breeder and layer hen flocks exhibited a decrease in egg production and some chickens developed hepatitis syndrome including hepatomegaly, hepatic necrosis and hemorrhage. Avian hepatitis E virus (HEV) and avian leucosis virus subgroup J (ALV-J) both cause decreasing in egg production, hepatomegaly and hepatic hemorrhage in broiler breeder and layer hens. In the study, the seroprevalence of avian HEV and ALV-J in these flocks emerging the disease from Shandong and Shaanxi provinces were investigated...
November 22, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
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