Poult Sci 2021 Aug 13;100(11):101427. Epub 2021 Aug 13.
Department of Poultry Science, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA. Electronic address:
The study was conducted to evaluate the effects of low crude protein diets supplemented with arginine, glutamine, methionine, and/or threonine on apparent ileal digestibility of amino acids, intestinal morphology, intestinal permeability, gene expression of nutrient transporters, and tight junction proteins of broiler chickens challenged with mixed Eimeria spp. A total of five hundred seventy-six, 12-day-old male broiler chickens were allocated into 8 treatments, and 6 replicate cages of 12 chickens per cage. This experiment included a nonchallenged control (NC) fed regular corn-soybean meal-based diet (Regular diet, 19% crude protein), an Eimeria-challenged control (CC) fed Regular diet, an Eimeria challenge group fed low-crude protein diet (LCP, 16% crude protein), 4 Eimeria challenge groups fed low-crude protein diet supplemented with 0. Read More