Effects of chronic inflammation on energy metabolism and growth performance in weanling piglets

H.K. Moon, I.K. Han, J.L. Gentry, H.K. Parmentier, J.W. Schrama

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The effect of a chronic inflammation (cell-mediated immune response) on energy metabolism and growth performance was assessed in weanling piglets. Twenty four barrows of 4 wk of age were assigned to one of two immunization treatments : Control group [CON: immunized with Incomplete Freund's Adjuvant (IFA)] or Immunization group [IMMU: immunized with Compete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA)]. On d0, piglets were weaned and subcutaneously immunized at the medial side of the femur with 2 ml of IFA or CFA, respectively. Energy and nitrogen balances were measured per group during 13-d balance period, and total (HPtot) activity-related (HPact) and non-activity-related (HPcor) heat production were determined every 9-min by indirect calorimetry. Ig total titers to Mycobacterium butyricum, which B present in CFA, were higher (p<0.01) in IMMU than in CON on d13 (2.5 vs 1.8) and d20 (2.9 vs 1.8) after immunization. There were no differences (p>0.10) between treatments in rectal temperature, performance, feed intake, and availability and partitioning of energy during the balance period. Average daily feed intake was numerically higher in IMMU than in CON (0.34 vs 0.32 kg/d), but there was no difference (p>0.10) in metabolizability of the dietary energy between treatments. HPact/HPtot was 16.24 and 16.89%, and retained energy was 251 and 268 kJ · kg-0.75 · d-1 for CON and IMMU, respectively. Numerically, maintenance requirement of IMMU was even lower than that of CON (419 vs 427 kJ · kg-0.75 · d-1). The present study suggests that a chronic inflammation has no effect on energy metabolism and growth performance, in spite of the difference in systemic antibody responses. The reason was considered to be due to locally induced immune response, resulting from the possible encapsulation at the site of injection, and/or to a low systemic immune stress which is within a functionally acceptable physiological range for the piglets.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
JournalAsian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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