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See detailLe lupin : ses aspects nutritionnels et son intégration dans les rations des ruminants
Beckers, Yves ULg; Froidmont, Eric

Conference given outside the academic context (2009)

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See detailEfficiency of a Lactobacillus plantarum-xylanase combination on growth performances, microflora populations, and nutrient digestibilities of broilers infected with Salmonella Typhimurium
Vandeplas, Sabrina ULg; Dubois Dauphin, Robin ULg; Thiry, Christophe ULg et al

in Poultry Science (2009), 88(8), 1643-1654

Three experiments were performed to assess the ability of a Lactobacillus plantarum probiotic combined with a xylanase to reduce the effects of S. typhimurium infection in broiler chickens from 1- to 30 ... [more ▼]

Three experiments were performed to assess the ability of a Lactobacillus plantarum probiotic combined with a xylanase to reduce the effects of S. typhimurium infection in broiler chickens from 1- to 30- or 42-d-old. Chicks were challenged at 3-d-old with 108 or 105 cfu S. typhimurium/chick. Four diets were studied: a wheat-based diet (C+) supplemented with 0.1 g/kg xylanase (E), or 106 cfu/g or L. plantarum (P), or both (PE). Uninfected chicks fed the C diet were used as negative control (C-). Six or 8 chicks were housed per cage with 9 cages/treatment. Growth performance and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were recorded weekly. In experiment 1, bacterial enumeration in caeca was achieved using the fluorescent in situ hybridization technique. Salmonella enumeration was realized in excreta by microbiological cultures (Exp. 2 and 3). Nutrient digestibilities and AMEn were determined in experiment 3 from d 35 to d 39. Infection with S. typhimurium led to a significant decrease in the daily weight gain (DWG) by 23.6% to 32.8%, whereas FCR was increased by 1.0% to 19.7%. Chickens fed the PE diet showed significantly improved performance in comparison with C+ birds (DWG: +12.5% in Exp. 1; FCR: -2.1-8.6%), and in comparison with the P and E treatments (DWG: +6.3-8.3% in Exp. 1; FCR: -2.7-6.4%). In experiment 3, the FCR was significantly improved by 3% with the PE diet in comparison with C- chickens. The PE combination tended to restore a microflora similar to that of uninfected broilers, whereas the P and E diets had less of an effect on the profile of bacterial communities. At slaughter age, Salmonella contamination was reduced by 2.00 and 1.85 log cfu for the E and PE treatment, respectively. The PE diet significantly reduced the crude fat digestibility by 9.2%, in comparison with the C+ chickens. These results suggest that combination between L. plantarum and a xylanase as feed additive could be effective for reduction of detrimental effect following S. typhimurium infection of broilers. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential of Dried Egg Yolk as a Source of Immunoglobulins to Control Salmonella in the Gastrointestinal Tract of the Broiler Chicken
Marcq, Christopher ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Chalghoumi, RAJA ULg et al

in 17th European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition : Proceedings & Abstracts (2009, August)

Egg yolk immunoglobulins (IgY) are considered as a promising tool of establishing passive immunity against enteric pathogens (e.g. Salmonella) in poultry (Kovacs-Nolan and Mine, 2005). In our previous ... [more ▼]

Egg yolk immunoglobulins (IgY) are considered as a promising tool of establishing passive immunity against enteric pathogens (e.g. Salmonella) in poultry (Kovacs-Nolan and Mine, 2005). In our previous works, in-feed incorporation of freeze-dried yolk powder (FYP) improved performances of Salmonella-infected broilers (Marcq et al., 2009). Nevertheless, no extra value could be attributed to the presence of specific IgY when a comparison was done between impact of hyperimmune or non immune FYP both concerning growth performances and Salmonella infection. We hypothesized that these inconclusive in vivo results were related to the sensitivity of IgY to gastrointestinal conditions. Egg yolks with high IgY titers directed against Salmonella Enteritidis and Typhimurium were obtained from laying hens immunized as previously described (Chalghoumi et al., 2008). Three feed additives derived from these eggs were produced: FYP, spray-dried yolk powder (SYP), and freeze-dried water-soluble fraction of yolk powder (WSFP). A force-feeding assay was realized on these additives with 48 five-week-old males Ross broiler chicken (Salmonella spp.-free status). Survival of undigested IgY and bioactive Fab fragments was evaluated in the intestinal tract by ELISA. Statistical analyses were done using GLM procedure of Minitab 15.1. Software. Differences were considered significant when P<0.05. As a result of the digestive process, the levels of total and specific undigested IgY found throughout the intestine were dramatically reduced for the three additives. For FYP, no difference was observed with intestinal contents of control animals (P>0.05) and for WSFP, which correspond to semi-purified IgY, the immunological activity reached the same level than that for SYP (P>0.05) whereas its initial level was almost ten times higher. The results suggest a protective effect of whole yolk on IgY with SYP but such effect was not observed with FYP. High levels of Fab fragments were identified in intestinal contents, highlighting the importance of protein digestion in the digestive tract and especially pepsin digestion. These Fab fragments conserve their immunological functionality and remained detectable in all intestinal segments including the caecum which represents the major site of Salmonella infection in poultry. These results can explain our previous challenge data and reveal that a protection treatment should be applied to dried egg yolk to improve the resistance of IgY to gastrointestinal conditions in broilers. [less ▲]

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See detailAlimentation azotée du ruminant
Beckers, Yves ULg

Scientific conference (2009, April 10)

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See detailDes protéines aussi dans l'herbe ... Comment bien les valoriser chez les bovins ?
Beckers, Yves ULg

Conference (2009, March 24)

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See detailPotentiel d'utilisation de régime à valeur OEB negative : essai croissance-finition de taurillons BBB.
Decruyenaere, Virginie; Bonnet, M.; Poncelet, Céline ULg et al

in Les filières aniales dans la tourmente : produire plus et mieux avec moins (2009)

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See detailUtilisation des enzymes en alimentation porcine et avicole
Beckers, Yves ULg; Piron, Fabien ULg

in CRA-W (Ed.) Impact de l'alimentation sur la santé animale : nouveaux développements (2009)

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See detailHen egg yolk antibodies (IgY), production and use for passive immunization against bacterial enteric infections in chicken : a review
Chalghoumi, Raja; Beckers, Yves ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2009), 13(3), 295-308

Enteric infections caused by Salmonella remain a major public health burden worldwide. Poultry, particularly chickens, are known to be the main reservoir for this zoonotic pathogen. Therefore, the ... [more ▼]

Enteric infections caused by Salmonella remain a major public health burden worldwide. Poultry, particularly chickens, are known to be the main reservoir for this zoonotic pathogen. Therefore, the prevention and monitoring of Salmonella infection during the live phase may greatly reduce the contamination of poultry meat during slaughter and processing. With the ban on sub-therapeutic antibiotic usage in Europe and the increasingly strictness of the European legislation on food hygiene, passive immunization by oral administration of pathogen-specific hen egg yolk antibody (IgY) may be a useful and attractive alternative. This review offers summarized information about IgY production and the use of these antibodies for passive immunization, particularly in poultry [less ▲]

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See detailLes coproduits européens issus du bioéthanol produit au départ de céréales ont une composition chimique variable
Piron, Fabien ULg; Bruyer, Denis; Thewis, André ULg et al

in journées de la recherche avicole (2009)

There is worldwide increasing interest in producing ethanol from grains. Currently, maize is the main grain used in fuel ethanol production (particularly in the USA). However, in Western Europe and Canada ... [more ▼]

There is worldwide increasing interest in producing ethanol from grains. Currently, maize is the main grain used in fuel ethanol production (particularly in the USA). However, in Western Europe and Canada, wheat is the main grain for ethanol plants. Barley, rye, sorghum or combinations of grains are also used. The process of ethanol production from grains generates by-products (distillers’ grains, solubles and/or gluten feed) with potential in livestock feed. Consequently, a better knowledge of chemical composition of these by-products is essential. The aim of the present study was to chemically characterise 14 batches of by-products (mainly from wheat, but also from barley and maize) purchased from some plants in Western Europe. Starch was almost completely removed by ethanol production process. Consequently, crude protein and fibre were concentrated in by-products with regard to grain value. Ratios of by-products to grain (wheat is reference) varied between 1.6 and 3.2 (protein), 1.6 and 2.7 (NDF) and 2.3 and 5.1(ADF). Furthermore, heat treatment used during the production process of dried distillers’ grains could cause destruction of important amounts of some amino acids, especially lysine (Maillard reactions). Ratios of lysine to crude protein varied among batches of byproducts and were particularly poor and unstable for distillers’ grains. In conclusion, chemical composition of European by-products of ethanol fuel produced from grains is variable. It is particularly important for wheat-based distillers’ grains. More information is needed about digestibility and availability of nutriments from these by-products. Particularly, lysine concentration and availability are probably one of the main concerns for nutritive value of by-products of ethanol fuel produced from grains. [less ▲]

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See detailWheat-based dried distillers’ grains are variable in chemical composition
Piron, Fabien ULg; Bruyer, Denis; Thewis, André ULg et al

in Garnsworthy, P., C.; Wiseman, J. (Eds.) Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition 2008 (2009)

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See detailThe role of the specific immune response on cecal colonization of slow-growing broiler chickens reared on litter contaminated by Campylobacter jejuni
Vandeplas, Sabrina ULg; Dubois Dauphin, Robin ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

Conference (2009)

The aim of this experiment was to study the relation between the specific immune response and infection of slow-growing broiler chickens reared on straw litter contaminated by Campylobacter jejuni. The 11 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this experiment was to study the relation between the specific immune response and infection of slow-growing broiler chickens reared on straw litter contaminated by Campylobacter jejuni. The 11-weeks experiment was carried out in a 45 m2 broiler house with 500 chickens from 1 day of age, which had access to an open-air range. Litter contamination was performed before the setting up of the chicks by rearing campylobacter-positive cocks. These birds were also used to contaminate the open-air range during one week before the exit of the chickens, at 5 weeks of age. Blood samples were taken weekly on 20 chickens for anti-campylobacter IgG quantitative measurements on serum. Chickens were then euthanized and cecal contents and bile were collected for Campylobacter enumeration and anti-campylobacter IgA quantification, respectively. A high serum anti-campylobacter IgG titer of 110.13 was measured in one-day-old chicks. The IgG antibodies level significantly decreased to 5.60 at 28 days of age which coincided with the onset of Campylobacter infection in the flock. A significant reduction of the cecal colonization from 11 weeks of age was correlated with the increase in biliary IgA titers. These results suggest that the 2-3 week’s delay generally observed in poultry production before flock infection by Campylobacter may be, at least partly, explained by the protective effect of maternal antibodies. The increase of secretory immune response as bird age may help to limit Campylobacter population in the chicken gut. [less ▲]

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See detailAdhesion and growth inhibitory effect of chicken egg yolk antibody (IgY) on Salmonella enterica serovars Enteritidis and Typhimurium in vitro.
Chalghoumi, Raja; Thewis, André ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Foodborne Pathogens and Disease (2009), 6(5), 593-604

The protective effects of powder preparation of egg yolk immunoglobulin Y (IgY), specific to Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium outer membrane proteins (OMP), against these two Salmonella ... [more ▼]

The protective effects of powder preparation of egg yolk immunoglobulin Y (IgY), specific to Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium outer membrane proteins (OMP), against these two Salmonella sp. serovars were investigated in vitro in two different assays: adhesion-prevention and growth-inhibition. The adhesion-prevention assay was conducted using polarized monolayers of the human intestinal epithelial Caco-2 cell line. First, the conditions of Salmonella adherence to Caco-2 cells were optimized, and interferences of bacteria with the transepithelial electrical resistance (TER) of fully differentiated Caco-2 cell monolayers and the lactate dehydrogenase release upon exposure of the cells to Salmonella were evaluated. Both Salmonella sp. serovars were able to adhere to Caco-2 cells and decreased TER. Results from the adhesion-prevention assay demonstrated that specific IgY reduced the decrease in TER of the infected Caco-2 cell monolayers and blocked the Salmonella sp. adhesion in a concentration-dependent manner (p < 0.05). Nonspecific IgY also exhibited an inhibitory effect on these two parameters, but to a lesser extent than that of the specific IgY (p < 0.05). The protective effect of nonspecific IgY could be attributed to the low-density lipoprotein component of the water-soluble fraction of egg yolks that may not have been eliminated during ultrafiltration. The growth-inhibition assay revealed that specific IgY had an inhibitory effect on the bacterial growth, markedly during the late exponential phase, whereas nonspecific IgY failed to do so. Taken together, these results suggest that the in vitro growth inhibitory effect of specific IgY on Salmonella spp. resulted from the specific binding activity of these IgY to Salmonella sp. OMP. Passive immunization with Salmonella sp. OMP-specific IgY could thus be useful to prevent Salmonella colonization in broiler chickens and the subsequent carcass contamination during processing. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of feed supplementation with specific hen egg yolk antibody (immunoglobin Y) on Salmonella species cecal colonization and growth performances of challenged broiler chickens
Chalghoumi, Raja; Marcq, Christopher ULg; Thewis, André ULg et al

in Poultry Science (2009), 88(10), 2081-2092

Anti-Salmonella spp. egg yolk antibodies (IgY) simultaneously directed against Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium were tested to determine if their inclusion in feed decreased Salmonella ... [more ▼]

Anti-Salmonella spp. egg yolk antibodies (IgY) simultaneously directed against Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium were tested to determine if their inclusion in feed decreased Salmonella spp. cecal colonization in experimentally infected broiler chickens. Egg yolk powder (EYP) was obtained by freeze-drying egg yolks containing anti-Salmonella spp. Immunoglobin Y was included in feed at 5 levels of concentration (0 to 5%). Feeds were formulated to similar nutrient levels and provided for ad libitum intake from d 1 to 28. Three days after initiation of feed treatments (d 4), chickens were co-challenged with equal numbers of Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium (2x10(6) cfu/bird). Cecal samples were recovered weekly over the experimental period (d 7 to 28) to enumerate Salmonella spp. The effect of anti-Salmonella spp. IgY feed supplementation on growth performance of infected chickens was also evaluated during the same period. In comparison with the positive control treatment (PC), treatments involving EYP (T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5), whether containing anti-Salmonella spp. IgY or not, significantly improved (P<0.05) the growth performance of challenged chickens, but without reaching the performance levels of nonchallenged chickens (NC1 and NC2). However, no link can be established between the enhancement in growth performance of challenged birds and their contamination levels by Salmonella because in-feed incorporation of EYP had no significant effect on cecal colonization by Salmonella. Furthermore, the comparison of the 5 anti-Salmonella spp. IgY concentration levels in feed did not reveal any anti-Salmonella spp. IgY concentration effect on growth performance and Salmonella cecal colonization. These results suggest that anti-Salmonella spp. IgY would undergo denaturation and degradation after their passage through the animal gastrointestinal tract and reveal that components of EYP other than specific antibodies have a beneficial effect on growth performance. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement d’une stratégie d’immunisation passive du poulet de chair vis-à-vis de Salmonella Enteritidis et Typhimurium à l’aide d’anticorps du jaune d’œuf
Marcq, Christopher ULg; Chalghoumi, RAJA ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in 8èmes JRA : Synthèses et textes (2009)

The present study investigates the potential of oral immunotherapy using hen egg yolk immunoglobulins (IgY) as a strategy to reduce the impact of Salmonella contamination on broilers. In a first step ... [more ▼]

The present study investigates the potential of oral immunotherapy using hen egg yolk immunoglobulins (IgY) as a strategy to reduce the impact of Salmonella contamination on broilers. In a first step, hyperimmune eggs were obtained from laying hens immunized using Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) and Typhimurium (ST) outer membrane proteins in emulsion with Freund adjuvants. This led to the production of high levels of IgY antibodies directed against the two Salmonella serovars in egg yolks. Furthermore, no adverse affects were detected on mortality or laying rate in hens injected with this vaccine. Powders were obtained from these eggs by spray- or freeze-drying the whole yolk. In order to study the effect of these powders on broiler’s growth performances, a challenge trial was conducted. 384 Salmonella spp.-free day-of-hatch chickens received supplemented feed (5 % freeze-dried egg yolk powder) since arrival, and were infected at day four with 106 cfu of SE and ST per animal. We found a significant improvement in growth performances for the groups receiving the yolk-enriched diets. Nevertheless, none of the supplement concentrations allowed to raise the same body weight after 28 days of complementation than in uninfected broilers (p < 0,05). Interestingly, nonimmune egg yolk powder also exhibited a positive effect on performances of broilers experimentally infected with SE and ST. Our results suggest that passive immunization through egg yolk powders could be useful to reduce negative effects of Salmonella infection on broilers growth performances. [less ▲]

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