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Table 3 Effects of composite antimicrobial peptides on the jejunal and ileal morphology of piglets challenged with d eoxynivalenol 1,2

From: The application of antimicrobial peptides as growth and health promoters for swine

Item Diets SEM P -value
NC CAP DON DON + CAP
Jejunum
 Villus height, μm 240.01 239.08 197.56 221.87 7.05 0.23
 Crypt depth, μm 126.39ab 117.03b 145.14a 110.48b 6.88 0.04
 Villus height: Crypt depth 1.92 2.06 1.39 2.05 0.11 0.08
 Goblet cell number 11.50 11.00 17.67 12.00 1.20 0.26
 Lymphocyte number 195.00b 198.50b 256.33a 204.50b 9.26 <0.01
Ileum
 Villus height, μm 263.20a 240.15a 170.98b 185.08b 10.31 <0.01
 Crypt depth, μm 117.73 120.05 109.45 104.73 4.36 0.56
 Villus height: Crypt depth 2.32a 2.06ab 1.57c 1.81ab 0.09 0.04
 Goblet cell number 22.33 16.00 19.00 18.50 1.36 0.38
 Lymphocyte number 181.25c 154.75d 232.00a 204.00b 7.70 <0.01
  1. Xiao et al. 2013 [30].
  2. 1NC: Basal diet. CAP: Basal diet + 0.4% composite antimicrobial peptide, DON: Basal diet + 4 mg/kg DON, DON + CAP: Basal diet + 4 mg/kg DON + 0.4% composite antimicrobial peptide.
  3. 2 n = 7. a-d Values with different letters within the same row are significantly different (P < 0.05).