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Table 5 Effects of alginate oligosaccharide on the intestinal goblet and columnar cell counts of weaned pigsa

From: Alginate oligosaccharide-induced intestinal morphology, barrier function and epithelium apoptosis modifications have beneficial effects on the growth performance of weaned pigs

Item Treatmentb P-value
CON AOS
Duodenum (number/villus)
 Goblet cells 8.69 ± 0.26 10.03 ± 0.43* 0.018
 Columnar cells 71.94 ± 3.10 75.09 ± 3.53 0.514
Jejunum (number/villus)
 Goblet cells 7.31 ± 0.34 9.79 ± 0.23** < 0.001
 Columnar cells 70.25 ± 1.57 73.55 ± 1.51 0.153
Ileum (number/villus)
 Goblet cells 11.33 ± 0.79 11.60 ± 0.37 0.758
 Columnar cells 78.20 ± 1.77 81.91 ± 2.40 0.233
  1. *P < 0.05 versus the CON group. **P < 0.01 versus the CON group
  2. aValues are the means of 8 replicates per treatment
  3. bCON, control (a corn-soybean basal diet); AOS, alginate oligosaccharide (the basal diet supplemented with 100 mg/kg alginate oligosaccharide)