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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