Typhlitis induced by Histomonas meleagridis affects relative but not the absolute Escherichia coli counts and invasion in the gut in turkeys

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Author(s)

  • Mohamed Kamal Abdelhamid
  • Ivan Rychlik
  • Claudia Hess
  • Tamas Hatfaludi
  • Magdalena Crhanova
  • Daniela Karasova
  • Julia Lagler
  • Dieter Liebhart
  • Michael Hess

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Original languageEnglish
Journal / PublicationVeterinary Research
Volume52
Online published22 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Abstract

Unlike in chickens, dynamics of the gut microbiome in turkeys is limitedly understood and no data were yet published in context of pathological changes following experimental infection. Thus, the impact of Histomonas meleagridis-associated inflammatory changes in the caecal microbiome, especially the Escherichia coli population and their caecal wall invasion in turkeys was investigated. Birds experimentally inoculated with attenuated and/or virulent H. meleagridis and non-inoculated negative controls were divided based on the severity of macroscopic caecal lesions. The high throughput amplicon sequencing of 16SrRNA showed that the species richness and diversity of microbial community significantly decreased in severely affected caeca. The relative abundances of operational taxonomic units belonging to Anaerotignum lactatifermentans, E. coli, and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii were higher and paralleled with a decreased abundances of those belonging to Alistipes putredinis, Streptococcus alactolyticus, Lactobacillus salivarius and Lactobacillus reuteri in birds with the highest lesion scores. Although the relative abundance of E. coli was higher, the absolute count was not affected by the severity of pathological lesions. Immunohistochemistry showed that E. coli was only present in the luminal content of caecum and did not penetrate even severely inflamed and necrotized caecal wall. Overall, it was demonstrated that the fundamental shift in caecal microbiota of turkeys infected with H. meleagridis was attributed to the pathology induced by the parasite, which only led to relative but not absolute changes in E. coli population. Furthermore, E. coli cells did not show tendency to penetrate the caecal tissue even when the intestinal mucosal barriers were severely compromised.

Research Area(s)

  • Caecal microbiota, Escherichia coli, Histomonas meleagridis, Inflammation, Penetration, Turkeys

Citation Format(s)

Typhlitis induced by Histomonas meleagridis affects relative but not the absolute Escherichia coli counts and invasion in the gut in turkeys. / Abdelhamid, Mohamed Kamal; Rychlik, Ivan; Hess, Claudia; Hatfaludi, Tamas; Crhanova, Magdalena; Karasova, Daniela; Lagler, Julia; Liebhart, Dieter; Hess, Michael; Paudel, Surya.

In: Veterinary Research, Vol. 52, 2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review

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