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https://doi.org/10.5713/ab.22.0272    [Accepted] Published online November 14, 2022.
The effects of plant extracts on lipid metabolism of chickens
Xuedong Ding1  , Ilias Giannenas2  , Ioannis Skoufos3  , Jing Wang1,*  , Weiyun Zhu1 
1National Center for International Research on Animal Gut Nutrition, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Nutrition and Animal Health, Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Microbiology National Experimental Teaching Demonstration Center of Animal Science, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki, Greece
3Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, Arachthos Bridge, 47100, Greece
Correspondence:  Jing Wang, Tel: +86-13851482337, Fax: +86-25-84395314, Email: jwang8@njau.edu.cn
Received: 12 July 2022   • Revised: 30 August 2022   • Accepted: 25 September 2022
Abstract: The fat deposition is an important factor affecting chicken meat quality, which is closely related to lipid metabolism of chickens. Therefore, it is important to regulate the lipid metabolism of chickens to improve the chicken meat quality. Plant extracts have special regulatory effects on animal’s growth and health and have been widely used in chicken breeding. Some plant extracts have been reported to have functions of changing the fatty acid composition, reducing abdominal fat percentage, and enhancing the intramuscular fat content of chickens by improving the antioxidant capacity, regulating the expression of genes, enzymes, and signaling pathways related to lipid metabolism, modulating intestinal microbiota, affecting hormones level, and regulating DNA methylation. This paper reviewed the application and mechanism of plant extracts on regulating lipid metabolism of chickens to provide a reference for the further application of plant extracts in chicken breeding.
Keywords: Antioxidant Capacity; DNA Methylation; Hormones; Intestinal Microbiota; Lipid Metabolism; Plant Extracts

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