Interpretive Summary: Effects of supplemental myo-inositol on growth performance and apparent total tract digestibility of weanling piglets fed reduced protein high-phytate diets and intestinal epithelial cell proliferation and function
By: Tobi Z Ogunribido, Michael R Bedford, Olayiwola Adeola, Kolapo M Ajuwon
After weaning, piglets undergo various kinds of stress that limit feed intake and nutrient digestibility. Much of the effects are strongest at the still-developing gastrointestinal tract where active feed digestion and nutrient uptake takes place. To sustain intestinal development and function during this stage of life, several nutrient additives are included in diets to promote intestinal function and nutrient uptake. The objective of this study was to assess the effects of phytase and myo-inositol on growth performance and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) in growing piglets and determine whether they had any effects on integrity in a cell culture model. In the animal study, phytase supplementation in the protein-reduced diets enhanced the rate of feed conversion, whereas the effect of myo-inositol on growth was not pronounced. Also, plasma concentration increased with myo-inositol addition. Under cell culture condition, myo-inositol enhanced the machinery for nutrients uptake and protein formation of the cells in a fashion that is dependent on its concentration. This study provides information on the potential role of myo-inositol on growth performance of growing piglets.
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