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      Polyphenols as Potential Attenuators of Heat Stress in Poultry Production


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          Heat stress is a non-specific physiological response of the body when exposed to high ambient temperatures, which can break the balance of body redox and result in oxidative stress that affects growth performance as well as the health of poultry species. Polyphenols have attracted much attention in recent years due to their antioxidant ability and thus, can be an effective attenuator of heat stress. In this paper, the potential mechanisms underlying the inhibitory effect of polyphenols on heat stress in poultry has been reviewed to provide a reference and ideas for future studies related to polyphenols and poultry production.

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              Heat stress impairs performance parameters, induces intestinal injury, and decreases macrophage activity in broiler chickens.

              Studies on environmental consequences of stress on animal production have grown substantially in the last few years for economic and animal welfare reasons. Physiological, hormonal, and immunological deficits as well as increases in animals' susceptibility to diseases have been reported after different stressors in broiler chickens. The aim of the current experiment is to describe the effects of 2 different heat stressors (31 +/- 1 and 36 +/- 1 degrees C/10 h per d) applied to broiler chickens from d 35 to 42 of life on the corticosterone serum levels, performance parameters, intestinal histology, and peritoneal macrophage activity, correlating and discussing the obtained data under a neuroimmune perspective. In our study, we demonstrated that heat stress (31 +/- 1 and 36 +/- 1 degrees C) increased the corticosterone serum levels and decreased BW gain and food intake. Only chickens submitted to 36 +/- 1 degrees C, however, presented a decrease in feed conversion and increased mortality. We also showed a decrease of bursa of Fabricius (31 +/- 1 and 36 +/- 1 degrees C), thymus (36 +/- 1 degrees C), and spleen (36 +/- 1 degrees C) relative weights and of macrophage basal (31 +/- 1 and 36 +/- 1 degrees C) and Staphylococcus aureus-induced oxidative burst (31 +/- 1 degrees C). Finally, mild multifocal acute enteritis characterized by an increased presence of lymphocytes and plasmocytes within the jejunum's lamina propria was also observed. The stress-induced hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation was taken as responsible for the negative effects observed on the chickens' performance and immune function and also the changes of the intestinal mucosa. The present obtained data corroborate with others in the field of neuroimmunomodulation and open new avenues for the improvement of broiler chicken welfare and production performance.

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                Antioxidants (Basel)
                Antioxidants (Basel)
                18 March 2019
                March 2019
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                [1 ]College of Animal Science and Technology, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China; rzhi479@ 123456163.com (R.H.); mbayor88@ 123456gmail.com (M.A.A.)
                [2 ]College of Veterinary Medicine, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China; hyj39306@ 123456163.com
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                [* ]Correspondence: wush688@ 123456hunau.edu.cn (S.W.); jianhuahy@ 123456hunau.net (J.H.); Tel.: +86-136-5735-5343 (S.W.); +86-731-846-18176 (J.H.)
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                Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

                : 01 February 2019
                : 28 February 2019

                heat stress,oxidative stress,polyphenols,poultry
                heat stress, oxidative stress, polyphenols, poultry


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