Differential Modulation of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol on Innate Immunity of Broiler Breeder Hens. Academic Article uri icon


  • Past immunological studies in broilers focused on juveniles within the rapid pre-slaughter growth period and may not reflect adult immune responses, particularly in breeders managed with chronic feed restriction (R). The study aimed to assess innate immune cell functions in respect to R vs. ad libitum (Ad) feed intake in breeder hens with and without dietary 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25-OH-D3) supplementation. Ad-feed intake consistently suppressed IL-1β secretion, respiratory burst, and cell livability in peripheral heterophils and/or monocytes along the feeding trial from the age of 51 to 68 weeks. Supplemental 25-OH-D3 repressed IL-1β secretion and respiratory burst of both cells mostly in R-hens, but promoted monocyte phagocytosis, chemotaxis, and bacterial killing activity in Ad-hens in accompany with relieved hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and systemic inflammation. Overnight cultures with leukocytes from R-hens confirmed the differential effects of 25-OH-D3 to rescue immune functions altered by glucose and/or palmitic acid exposure. Studies with specific inhibitors further manifested the operative mechanisms via glucolipotoxicity in a cell type- and function-dependent manner. The results concluded no predominant changes between R- vs. Ad-feed intake on leukocyte defense against pathogens despite some differential differences, but supplemental 25-OH-D3 exerts more pronounced effects in Ad-hens.

published proceedings

  • Animals (Basel)

author list (cited authors)

  • Chou, P., Lin, P., Wu, S., Wang, C., Chung, T., Walzem, R. L., Lai, L., & Chen, S.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Chou, Pao-Chia||Lin, Pei-Chi||Wu, Shu-Wei||Wang, Chien-Kai||Chung, Thau-Kiong||Walzem, Rosemary L||Lai, Lih-Shiuh||Chen, Shuen-Ei

publication date

  • June 2021