Glucans and the poultry immune system

Jacqueline Jacob, Anthony Pescatore

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With the reduced availability of antibiotics, poultry producers are looking for feed additives to stimulate the immune system of their birds. Some beta-glucans have been shown to improve gut health in poultry subjected to a bacterial challenge, to increase the flow of new immunocytes into the various lymphoid organs, to increase macrophage function, to increase antibody titers after a vaccination and to function as an anti-inflammatory immunomodulator. As a result, beta-glucans may provide a tool for producers trying to reduce or eliminate the use of antibiotics in poultry diets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Immunology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

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© 2017 Jacqueline Jacob and Anthony Pescatore.


  • Glucans
  • Immunity
  • Poultry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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