Dietary L-carnitine supplementation increases antigen-specific immunoglobulin G production in broiler chickens.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (niet gecontroleerd)

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The usefulness of supplementary dietary L-carnitine as an immunomodulator to increase antigen-specific antibody levels was analysed in 2-6-week-old broilers. The chickens received commercial feeds either unsupplemented (starter feed 17.8 mg carnitine/kg, finisher diet 22.9 mg carnitine/kg) or supplemented with L-carnitine (100 mg carnitine/kg added to feed). At 14 d of age, both groups were distributed in equal numbers and sex ratios over two environmentally controlled chambers where temperature (28 degrees) was either reduced immediately to 20 degrees, or gradually to 22 degrees at 36 d of…

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