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Table 5 Effect of resin acids-supplementation on intestinal morphology and T-cell abundance of chickens on day 22

From: In-feed resin acids reduce matrix metalloproteinase activity in the ileal mucosa of healthy broilers without inducing major effects on the gut microbiota

  Diet
Control Resin acids p-value
Intestinal morphology (duodenum)
 Villus height (µm) 1708 ± 163 1738 ± 128 0.84
 Crypt depth (µm) 229 ± 36 222 ± 23 0.90
 Villus to crypt ratio 7.84 ± 1.55 8.13 ± 1.05 0.97
CD3 area percentage
 Duodenum 6.78 ± 2.12 4.78 ± 1.62 0.036
 Ileum 14.54 ± 4.05 12.24 ± 4.88 0.27
  1. Data represent the mean ± standard deviation. Analysis based on 10 measurements per section for villus height and crypt depth analysis or 3 microscopic fields of view per section for CD3 measurements.