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      Heat stress affects fecal microbial and metabolic alterations of primiparous sows during late gestation


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          Heat stress (HS) jeopardizes intestinal barrier functions and augments intestinal permeability in pigs. However, whether HS-induced maternal microbial and metabolic changes in primiparous sows during late gestation remains elusive. We present here, a study investigating the fecal microbial and metabolic responses in late gestational primiparous sows when exposed to HS.


          Twelve first-parity Landrace × Large White F1 sows were randomly assigned into two environmental treatments including the thermoneutral (TN) (18–22 °C; n = 6) and HS (28–32 °C; n = 6) conditions. Both treatments were applied from 85 d of gestation to farrowing. The serum and feces samples were collected on d 107 of gestation, for analyses including intestinal integrity biomarkers, high-throughput sequencing metagenomics, short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) profiles and nontargeted metabolomics.


          Our results show that HS group has higher serum Heat shock protein 70 (HSP70), lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and lipopolysaccharide-binding protein (LBP) levels. The gut microbial community can be altered upon HS by using β-diversity and taxon-based analysis. In particular, the relative abundance of genera and operational taxonomic units (OTUs) related to Clostridiales and Halomonas are higher in HS group, the relative abundance of genera and OTUs related to Bacteroidales and Streptococcus, however, are lower in HS group. Results of metabolic analysis reveal that HS lowers the concentrations of propionate, butyrate, total SCFA, succinate, fumarate, malate, lactate, aspartate, ethanolamine, β-alanine and niacin, whereas that of fructose and azelaic acid are higher in HS group. These metabolites mainly affect propanoate metabolism, alanine, aspartate and glutamate metabolism, phenylalanine metabolism, β-alanine metabolism, pantothenate and CoA biosynthesis, tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA) and nicotinate and nicotinamide metabolism. Additionally, correlation analysis between significant microbes and metabolites indicated that the HS-induced microbiota shift is likely the cause of changes of intestinal metabolism.


          Taken together, we reveal characteristic structural and metabolic changes in maternal gut microbiota as a result of late gestational HS, which could potentially provide the basis for further study on offspring gut microbiota and immune programming.

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                +86-25-84399830 , yaowen67jp@njau.edu.cn
                J Anim Sci Biotechnol
                J Anim Sci Biotechnol
                Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
                BioMed Central (London )
                4 November 2019
                4 November 2019
                : 10
                [1 ]ISNI 0000 0000 9750 7019, GRID grid.27871.3b, Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Microbiology, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Nutrition and Animal Health, College of Animal Science and Technology, , Nanjing Agricultural University, ; Nanjing, Jiangsu People’s Republic of China 210095
                [2 ]ISNI 0000 0000 9750 7019, GRID grid.27871.3b, National Experimental Teaching Center for Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, , Nanjing Agricultural University, ; Nanjing, Jiangsu People’s Republic of China 210095
                [3 ]ISNI 0000 0000 9750 7019, GRID grid.27871.3b, Key Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Biochemistry, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, , Nanjing Agricultural University, ; Nanjing, Jiangsu People’s Republic of China 210095
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                Funded by: National Key R&D Program of China (CN)
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                Funded by: Jiangsu Modern Agricultural (Swine) Industry Technology System (CN)
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                Funded by: Postgraduate Research & Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province
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                Animal science & Zoology

                heat stress, late gestation, metabolic profiles, microbial community, sow


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