The correct functional development of the gastrointestinal tract is of special importance during the neonatal and weaning phases of reared piglets. Nutrition is obviously a critical determinant in the growth of the gut in the young swine. The mucosal epithelium of the small intestine is reputed anatomically and functionally immature in neonatal pigs, a feature that appears to be exacerbated at weaning, when a colonization of the gut occurs by "new" microorganisms entering the alimentary canal with the solid feed. This frequently exposes piglets to diarrhoeic syndromes and other intestinal disturbances. Functional feed additives, also called nutraceuticals, appear as promising alternative substances to the use of chemotherapeutics as growth promoters in the rearing farm, above all considering the near banning of them by the European Parliament in the view of reducing antibiotic resistance phenomena in human therapies. Several feed additives are available that may play a role in the pig nutritional plan because of their trophic and cyto-protective effects on the gastrointestinal apparatus. Paying special attention to the quantitative consequences (histometry) upon the gut of the examined dietary supplements, this review, even if not fully exhaustive, will focus on the function (and possibly the mechanism/s of action) of certain gut-trophic nutrient substrates. This in turn will sustain the potential use of these substances in human therapy, especially the one directed at resolving intestinal diseases, both in adult and infant ages. In nutritional studies as well as in other biomedical research fields, the swine is an excellent animal model.
Gut-trophic feed additives and their effects upon the gut structure and intestinal metabolism : state of the art in the pig, and perspectives towards humans / C. Domeneghini, A. Di Giancamillo, S. Arrighi, G. Bosi. - In: HISTOLOGY AND HISTOPATHOLOGY. - ISSN 0213-3911. - 21:3(2006 Mar), pp. 273-283.
|Titolo:||Gut-trophic feed additives and their effects upon the gut structure and intestinal metabolism : state of the art in the pig, and perspectives towards humans|
DOMENEGHINI, CINZIA MARIA (Primo)
DI GIANCAMILLO, ALESSIA (Secondo)
ARRIGHI, SILVANA (Penultimo)
BOSI, GIAMPAOLO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Gut histochemistry; Nutraceuticals; Piglet; Swine animal model; Weaning|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore VET/01 - Anatomia degli Animali Domestici|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mar-2006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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