Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 8, pp 2279–2286 | Cite as

Effects of probiotic lactic acid bacteria on growth performance, carcass characteristics, hematological indices, humoral immunity, and IGF-I gene expression in broiler chicken

  • Mandana Salehizadeh
  • Mohammad Hossein Modarressi
  • Seyed Naser Mousavi
  • Maryam Tajabadi EbrahimiEmail author
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The effects of screened lactic acid bacteria strains were evaluated on growth performance, humoral immunity, and IGF-1 gene expression in broiler chickens. The three dietary groups of negative control fed basal diet, the native LAB probiotic group (NP), and PrimaLac commercial LAB probiotic (PC) were studied. The results revealed that NP and PC diets significantly improved feed conversion ratio and increased body weight, as well as relative weight of carcass compared with group fed NC diet (P < 0.05). Lymphocyte level was significantly increased in birds fed NP and PC (P < 0.01), while serum triglycerides and total cholesterol levels were significantly decreased compared with the NC (P < 0.05). Significant increases were observed in antibody titers against Newcastle disease virus of vaccinated birds (P < 0.03), and morphological analysis of ileum revealed significant increases (P < 0.05) in the villus height and villus height/crypt depth in birds fed NP and PC compared with the NC. The dietary significantly increased Lactobacillus spp. (P < 0.05), while Escherichia coli (P < 0.04) populations were significantly decreased, and also, the expression of IGF-1 gene in liver tissue of broilers fed NP and PC was significantly increased compared with the NC (P < 0.05). These results indicated that the identified native LAB strains can be used commercially as a low-cost probiotic in poultry industry of Iran.


LAB Microflora population Feed conversion ratio Commercial probiotic Intestinal morphology 



Authors would like to thank Tak Gen Zist Company and Dr. Ayoub Farhadi (Lab. for Molecular Genetics, SANRU) for their help and patience. This research did not receive any specific funding.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mandana Salehizadeh
    • 1
  • Mohammad Hossein Modarressi
    • 1
  • Seyed Naser Mousavi
    • 2
  • Maryam Tajabadi Ebrahimi
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Department of Animal Science, Varamin-Pishva BranchIslamic Azad UniversityVaraminIran
  3. 3.Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Central Tehran BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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