The effect of aspirin on intestinal lesions was evaluated in birds undergoing an experimental challenge with Clostridium perfringens as part of a model for inducing subclinical necrotic enteritis (SNE). Broilers were raised on clean wood shavings and randomly assigned to three treatments: Uninfected (U), Infected (I), and Infected + Aspirin (I+A; 0.025% acetylsalicylic acid in drinking water during days 21-25). Birds in the I and I+A groups were gavaged with Eimeria maxima on day 18 and their feed was inoculated with C. perfringens (1 × 109 CFU/bird) during days 23-25. On day 26, birds were euthanatized, intestinal lesions were evaluated, and intestinal tissue was collected for qPCR assessment of genes thought to be involved in the immune response to SNE: IL-1β, IL-10, MMP-2, and MMP-7. Birds in the I+A group had more-severe and numerous lesions compared to the I group. For all genes except MMP-2, expression was upregulated in the I group compared to the U group, but did not differ between the I and I+A groups. These results indicate that aspirin exacerbated the intestinal lesions associated with this disease. Aspirin could play a role in the development of a reliable and consistent model for the induction of necrotic enteritis under experimental settings.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Food Animals
- Animal Science and Zoology
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)