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Table 4 Gut morphometry, number of goblet cells and density of CD45+ and CD3+ cells at 21 and 42 d of age

From: Effect of dietary supplementation with yeast cell wall extracts on performance and gut response in broiler chickens

Age (A)

21 d

42 d

P-value

RMSEe

Dietary treatment (D)

Control (C)

Yeast (Y)

Control (C)

Yeast (Y)

A

D

A×D

Broilers, n

12

12

12

12

    

Villi height, μm

1011

1086

1350

1363

< 0.001

0.07

0.19

180

Crypt depth, μm

151

162

140

141

0.03

0.12

0.17

31

Villi to crypt ratio

6.70

6.70

9.64

9.67

< 0.001

0.71

0.79

1.27

Goblet cells density, cells/500 μm

24.3b

54.3d

19.1a

39.6c

< 0.001

< 0.001

< 0.001

3.61

Goblet cells area, μm2

40.5d

12.0a

37.8c

16.7b

< 0.001

< 0.001

< 0.001

8.72

CD45+, cells/10,000 μm2

2972

2728

< 0.001

549

CD3+, cells/10,000 μm2

2180

2037

0.08

639

  1. a, b, c, dValues with different superscript letters significantly differ (P < 0.05)
  2. eRMSE, root mean square error