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Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias

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Abstract

DARABIGHANE, Babak et al. Effect of Aloe vera and vitamin E supplementation on the immune response of broilers. Rev Colom Cienc Pecua [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.159-164. ISSN 0120-0690.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17533/udea.rccp.v30n2a07.

Background:

herbs are among the feed supplements under investigation that could replace antibiotics to improve humoral and cellular immune response in birds.

Objective:

this study evaluated the potential of Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) and vitamin E as immunostimulants on humoral and cellular immune responses in broilers.

Methods:

broilers were randomly assigned to three dietary treatments: a negative control (basal diet+ with no additive), basal diet + 1% Aloe vera gel in drinking water, and basal diet + 100 mg/Kg vitamin E in the feed. Antibody titers against sheep red blood cells and Newcastle disease virus were used to examine the humoral immune response, whereas cellular immune response was evaluated using the phytohemagglutinin-P tests.

Results:

the highest level of antibody titer against sheep red blood cells on examination days 28 and 38, and the highest response to injection of phytohemagglutinin-P on day 38 was observed in the Aloe vera gel group (p<0.05). However, the response of broilers fed Aloe vera gel was not different from those receiving vitamin E (p>0.05). In addition, the greatest antibody level against Newcastle disease virus was obtained on days 25 and 35 in the vitamin E group, with no significant difference from the Aloe vera gel group (p>0.05).

Conclusion:

in general, our findings demonstrated that both Aloe vera gel and vitamin E can enhance humoral and cellular immune responses of broilers, while Aloe vera gel can be used as an immunostimulant in chickens.

Keywords : antibiotic; immune system; medicinal plant; poultry.

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