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Table 4 Effect of LC supplementation on morphology of the small intestine of weaned piglets

From: Effects of low-molecular-weight chitosan on the growth performance, intestinal morphology, barrier function, cytokine expression and antioxidant system of weaned piglets

Group Villus heigh (μm) Crypt depth (μm) VH:CD (μm: μm)
Duodenal Jejunum Ileum Duodenal Jejunum Ileum Duodenal Jejunum Ileum
CON 376.0 375.1 330.8 337.1 245.2 182.8 1.16 1.57 1.88
LC 424.0 373.8 330.7 295.9 218.4 213.1 1.45 1.71 1.58
SEM 15.22 20.81 0.09 9.83 10.74 0.07 14.34 13.98 0.12
P-value 0.118 0.351 0.106 0.952 0.232 0.380 0.768 0.349 0.247
  1. CON piglets fed the basal diet, LC piglets fed the basal diet with 50 mg/kg 20–30 kDa low-molecular-weight chitosan, VH:CD villus height: crypt depth, SEM standard error of mean, n = 5