Effect of dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on serum biochemistry, immune response and antioxidant status of rabbits

Melinda Kovács, T. Tuboly, M. Mézes, K. Balogh, Zsolt Gerencsér, Zsolt Matics, Alessandro Dal Bosco, Z. Szendrő, Gábor Tornyos, Dóra Hafner, Gábor Milisits, Erika Balogh-Zándoki, Antonella Dalle Zotte

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Growing rabbits' (42 rabbits/group, 3 rabbits/cage, 14 cages/treatment) diet was supplemented with 5% Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and 3% thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) powder single (S or T) and in combination (ST) between 35 and 77 days of age. On day 0 (weaning at 35 days of age) 14 rabbits were vaccinated with 100 μg/animal ovalbumin to provoke immune response. Blood samples were taken on days 0, 14, 28 and 42 of the experimental period. Sampling dates significantly influenced total protein, albumin, glucose, cholesterol, urea, creatinine concentration and enzyme (AST, ALT, GGT) activities, with a significant age × diet interaction in the case of TP and CREA. There was a significant increase in ALT (+45 and 74%) and GGT (+87 and 102%) activity after immunisation. While Spirulina and thyme significantly ameliorated the rise in AST activity, their effect was inefficient in the case of GGT. Spirulina, both single and in combination showed a tendency in higher IgG level as compared to control (P0.05). Higher MDA concentration was measured in the red blood cells of S, T and ST animals, while no other significant diet effect on the antioxidant parameters was detected, however, significant sampling date × diet interaction was found in the case of GPx activity. Plasma GGT (increase by 19-66%) was inversely associated with GSH (decrease by 66-113%) between days 0 to 42 of the experimental period (r=-0.57, P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-195
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Animal Science
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Antioxidant status
  • Immune response
  • Serum biochemistry
  • Spirulina
  • Thyme

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  • Small Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Food Animals

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Effect of dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on serum biochemistry, immune response and antioxidant status of rabbits. / Kovács, Melinda; Tuboly, T.; Mézes, M.; Balogh, K.; Gerencsér, Zsolt; Matics, Zsolt; Dal Bosco, Alessandro; Szendrő, Z.; Tornyos, Gábor; Hafner, Dóra; Milisits, Gábor; Balogh-Zándoki, Erika; Zotte, Antonella Dalle.

In: Annals of Animal Science, Vol. 16, No. 1, 01.01.2016, p. 181-195.

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Kovács, Melinda ; Tuboly, T. ; Mézes, M. ; Balogh, K. ; Gerencsér, Zsolt ; Matics, Zsolt ; Dal Bosco, Alessandro ; Szendrő, Z. ; Tornyos, Gábor ; Hafner, Dóra ; Milisits, Gábor ; Balogh-Zándoki, Erika ; Zotte, Antonella Dalle. / Effect of dietary supplementation of Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) on serum biochemistry, immune response and antioxidant status of rabbits. In: Annals of Animal Science. 2016 ; Vol. 16, No. 1. pp. 181-195.
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