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Gastroenterology, nutrition and metabolism

The 'Gastroenterology, nutrition and metabolism' section encompasses the broader aspects of animal nutrition, including the processes of digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients at all biological levels, ranging from the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ level to clinical studies. The section welcomes submissions discussing the provision and ingestion of food vital to development, growth and overall health. As the digestive tract is considered to be one of the most important immune organs and adipose tissue is the biggest endocrine organ, manuscripts that focus on the relationship between immunology and endocrinology are especially welcome. Studies that advance our understanding of the nutritional status of animals and the role of nutrition in the onset of disease are also encouraged. Comparative nutrition and nutritional studies relevant to all domestic and nondomestic species will be considered, including ruminants, equids, companion animals, and laboratory animals. 

This section also encourages submissions describing emerging research areas, such as the effects of foods and food constituents on gene expression, nutrigenomics, and the effects of genetic variation on the absorption, metabolism, elimination, and biological outcomes of nutrients. Other specific topics of interest include food, malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, rumen fermentation, restricted feeding, inflammation, metabolic disorders, lifestyle-related illnesses (obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension), neoplasia, genetic diagnosis, and the development of supplements and drugs in animals.

  1. Molasses is a potential energy supplement; extensively used to improve growth performance, milk and meat characteristics in goats at relatively low concentrations of 5–40% of the diet. Few data are available c...

    Authors: Osman A. Osman, Nawal M. Elkhair and Khalid A. Abdoun

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:411

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  2. The excessive use of antibiotics in the livestock feed industry caused inevitable side effects of microbial resistance. Besides this residual antibiotics in animal-derived foodstuff imposed serious health prob...

    Authors: Miao Ye, Chunjie Wei, Anam Khalid, Qian Hu, Ru Yang, Binghong Dai, Hengwei Cheng and Zaigui Wang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:400

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  3. The aim of this study is to investigate whether the energy matrix values of the nonstarch polysaccharide- (NSP-) degrading enzymes, bioemulsifier (LYSOFORTE®), guanidinoacetic acid (CreAMINO®), or their combinati...

    Authors: Abdallah E. Metwally, Ahmed A. A. Abdel-Wareth, Ahmed A. Saleh and Shimaa A. Amer

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:391

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  4. Several studies indicated that dietary organic selenium (Se) usually absorbed better than an inorganic source, with high retention and bioavailability. Dietary Se as an antioxidant element affects the immune s...

    Authors: A. M. Dalia, T. C. Loh, A. Q. Sazili and A. A. Samsudin

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:365

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  5. Clinical signs of traumatic reticuloperitonitis and abomasal ulcer are often similar making the disorders difficult to differentiate. The goal of our study was to compare the frequency of individual clinical s...

    Authors: Ueli Braun, Karl Nuss, Sonja Warislohner, Christina Reif, Carina Oschlies and Christian Gerspach

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:359

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  6. Weaning of goat kids immediately after birth and feeding them on bovine or heat-treated caprine colostrum, referred to as snatching, is considered an effective control measure in some infectious diseases. The ...

    Authors: Michał Czopowicz, Agata Moroz, Olga Szaluś-Jordanow, Marcin Mickiewicz, Lucjan Witkowski, Tomasz Nalbert, Iwona Markowska-Daniel, Ryszard Puchała, Emilia Bagnicka and Jarosław Kaba

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:346

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  7. Chronic and subacute rumen acidosis are economically important in the beef industry. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential suitability of the transabdominal ultrasonographic examination of the ru...

    Authors: Enrico Fiore, Vanessa Faillace, Massimo Morgante, Leonardo Armato and Matteo Gianesella

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:337

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  8. The recent identification of the endocannabinoid system in the gastrointestinal tract suggests a role in controlling intestinal inflammation. In addition, the gut chemosensing system has therapeutic applicatio...

    Authors: Andrea Toschi, Benedetta Tugnoli, Barbara Rossi, Andrea Piva and Ester Grilli

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:289

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  9. Gut microbiota play important roles in their co-evolution with mammals. However, little is understood about gut bacterial community of Tibetan sheep compared with other sheep breeds. In this study, we investig...

    Authors: Jianjun Chang, Xiaoting Yao, Chenxiang Zuo, Yuxu Qi, Dekun Chen and Wentao Ma

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:254

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  10. Impaired gut microbiota leads to pathogenic bacteria infection, pro-inflammatory response and post-weaning diarrhea. Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) K88 is a major cause of post-weaning diarrhea in weaned...

    Authors: Wenwen Wang, Yuan Wang, Xiran Hao, Yuanxiao Duan, Ziqi Meng, Xiaoping An and Jingwei Qi

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:245

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  11. Effects of Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation products (SCFP) on rumen microbiota were determined in vitro and in vivo under a high and a depressed pH. The in vitro trial determined the effects of Original XPC...

    Authors: Hein M. Tun, Shucong Li, Ilkyu Yoon, Sarah J. Meale, Paula A. Azevedo, Ehsan Khafipour and Jan C. Plaizier

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:237

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  12. Tea polyphenols (TPs) attenuate obesity related liver inflammation; however, the anti-obesity effects and anti-inflammatory mechanisms are not clearly understood. This study aimed to determine whether the anti...

    Authors: Sajid Ur Rahman, Yingying Huang, Lei Zhu, Xiaoyan Chu, Shahid Ahmed Junejo, Yafei Zhang, Ibrar Muhammad Khan, Yu Li, Shibin Feng, Jinjie Wu and Xichun Wang

    Citation: BMC Veterinary Research 2020 16:234

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