Advanced search
Start date

Effects of aflatoxin, fumonisin and curcumin, alone or in combination, on the humoral immune response and determination of biotrnsformation products in broiler chickens

Grant number: 13/13592-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): June 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Animal Production
Principal Investigator:Carlos Augusto Fernandes de Oliveira
Grantee:Diane Valganon de Neeff
Host Institution: Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZEA). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Pirassununga , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):15/03177-4 - Effects of aflatoxin, fumonisin and total curcuminoids administration, alone or in combination, on the gene expression in the liver of broiler chicken, BE.EP.DR


Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that grow naturally in foodstuffs, and are capable of generating a wide variety of toxic effects on vertebrate animals, including humans. The toxins exposure predominantly occurs by the ingestion of contaminated food, especially cereals used in the preparation of animal feed, such as corn, wheat, peanuts, and sorghum, among others. In Brazil, fungal contamination of the food is frequent, due weather conditions that favor the development of fungi and mycotoxin production. It is important to emphasize that the processing and storage of grain may alter the microbiota, however mycotoxins remain in the product due to their chemical stability. One of the techniques available to avoid the deleterious effects of mycotoxins it is the use of antioxidants. However, there is always the need to confirm the efficiency of the antioxidants from in vivo studies, whose experimental protocols are generally expensive since they involve the administration of toxin levels with and without the antioxidant to evaluate different types of effects on the productivity of animals, besides clinical and histological data, among others. Fumonisins are one of the major types of mycotoxins occurring worldwide, but frequently in Brazil. The economic impact resulting from aflatoxin contamination occurs at all stages of the production of grains and cereals, breeding and commercialization of products. The objective of this research project is to evaluate the effects of AFB1 and FB1, alone or in combination and associated or not with an antioxidant (curcumin) in broiler chickens, using the following treatments (T): T1 (control): 0 AFB1 + 0 FB1 + 0 Curcumin; T2: 0 AFB1 + 0 FB1 + 222 mg/kg Curcumin; T3: 0 AFB1 + 20 mg/kg FB1 + 0 Curcumin; T4: 0 AFB1 + 20 mg/kg FB1 + 222 mg/kg Curcumin; T5: 0.5 mg/kg AFB1 + 0 FB1 + 0 Curcumin; T6: 0.5 mg/kg AFB1 + 0 FB1 + 222 mg/kg Curcumin; T7: 0.5 mg/kg AFB1 + 20 mg/kg FB1 + 0 Curcumin; T8: 0.5 mg/kg AFB1 + 20 mg/kg FB1 + 222 mg/kg Curcumin. The parameters to be evaluated will include: feed conversion, weight gain, food intake, serum proteins, hematology, liver enzymes, histopathology of viscera, vaccine response and residues of aflatoxin and fumonisin in tissues of viscera and muscles.

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
NEEFF, D. V.; CARAO, A. C. R.; GONCALVES, B. L.; BORDIN, K.; CORASSIN, C. H.; LEDOUX, D. R.; ROTTINGHAUS, G. E.; OLIVEIRA, C. A. F.. Natural Antioxidants as Detoxifying Agents for Aflatoxins in Animal Feed. ANIMAL NUTRITION AND FEED TECHNOLOGY, v. 18, n. 2, p. 281-295, . (13/13592-3)
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
NEEFF, Diane Valganon de. Effects of aflatoxin, fumonisin and curcumin, alone or in combination, on the humoral immune response and determination of biotransformation products in broiler chickens. 2016. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Zootecnica e Engenharia de Alimentos (FZE/BT) Pirassununga.

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: