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The effect of increasing concentrations ofFusarium toxins in the diets for piglets on histological parameters of the uterus

Abstract

The effects of feeding diets containing 0.01, 0.06, 0.15, 0.22 and 0.42 mg zearalenone and 0.2, 0.8, 1.0, 1.9 and 3.9 mg deoxynivalenol per kg, coming fromFusarium toxin contaminated maize, on the uterus of 50 prepubertal piglets were investigated. The mean weight of the uteri of the animals which received the most contaminated diet was significantly increased at the time of slaughtering. The histological investigation showed no marked differences between the feeding groups. Histometrical parameters of the surface epithelium of the uterus and of the uterine glands were not altered by the treatment.

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Döll, S., Dänicke, S. & Schnurrbusch, U. The effect of increasing concentrations ofFusarium toxins in the diets for piglets on histological parameters of the uterus. Mycotox Res 19, 73–76 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02940098

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Keywords

  • Fusarium toxins
  • uterus
  • piglets
  • morphometry
  • histology