Skip to main content

The Systemic Zinc Homeostasis Was Modulated in Broilers Challenged by Salmonella


Salmonella challenge leads to systemic responses that induce the hypozincaemia in mice, which is considered a vital strategy against Salmonella invasion. However, it is not yet known if this phenomenon occurs in broilers. To investigate the change in zinc homeostasis of broilers against Salmonella challenge, 1-day-old male broilers were fed with the basal diet for 7 days. Afterwards, broilers were orally inoculated with either 0 or 0.5 × 108 CFU Salmonella Typhimurium (ST). The serum and selected tissues of Salmonella-challenged and non-challenged broilers were collected at 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge for zinc homeostasis analysis. Our results showed that Salmonella challenge results in hypozincaemia (serum zinc decrease and liver zinc increase) via modulating the systemic zinc homeostasis of broilers. A profound, zinc transporter–mediated zinc absorption and redistribution affecting zinc homeostasis provided a mechanistic explanation for this phenomenon. In addition, we found that the zinc importers Zip5, Zip10, Zip11, Zip12, Zip13 and Zip14 were mainly downregulated in Salmonella-challenged broilers to reduce zinc absorption in the duodenum, while the Zip14 mRNA expression was upregulated to redistribute zinc into the liver. Collectively, these findings reveal that broilers counteract Salmonella infection via modulating their systemic zinc homeostasis.


Food-borne Salmonella remains a major public health concern worldwide, being responsible for hundreds of millions of cases of human gastroenteritis [1,2,3]. Broiler meat contaminated with Salmonella is the primary vehicles for human salmonellosis [4, 5]. Aside from its impact on human health, Salmonella infection results in growth depression, intestinal inflammation, high mortality and cross-contamination in broilers [1, 6], which causes substantial economic loss to the poultry industry per year.

In mice, Salmonella infection induces hypoferraemia (serum iron decrease and liver iron increase), as iron plays a role in the regulation of the inflammatory response [7, 8]. Since other critical physiological functions also involve iron, all living organisms require iron to survive, including Salmonella [9]. The functions of hypoferraemia are considered to be the host defensive, because it decreases the availability of iron for Salmonella in a process termed “nutritional immunity” [10,11,12,13]. Besides iron, zinc also plays vital roles in host nutritional immunity [14, 15]. Similarly, hypozincaemia has also been observed after acute administration of numerous pathogens and agents, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis, IL-6 and LPS [16,17,18]. This process is accompanied by a decrease in the serum zinc concentration and an increase in the zinc content in the liver due to the altered activity of zinc transporters, especially upregulation of Zip14 gene expression [16]. Meanwhile, there is an increased expression of zinc-binding protein metallothionein (MT) via a mechanism associated with oxidative stress [16, 19]. Notably, enhancing MT expression availability controls the “free zinc” (labile zinc that is available for binding by newly synthesized zinc metalloproteins) concentration in cells, and limits Salmonella infection in macrophages [20]. Thus, hypozincaemia has been considered an effective strategy to limit pathogens from acquiring sufficient zinc for infection and proliferation in mice [16]. Interestingly, a similar phenotype was also observed in broilers under Escherichia coli or LPS stimulation [21]. In this context, broilers could also use hypozincaemia as a useful defence strategy against pathogen infection. However, this has not yet been studied in broilers under Salmonella infection, and the roles and mechanisms of hypozincaemia in broilers are also largely unknown.

Therefore, in this study, we investigated the impact of Salmonella challenge on the systemic zinc homeostasis of broilers and revealed how broilers modulate their zinc homeostasis to counteract Salmonella infection.

Materials and Methods

Animals and Diets

A total of 48, 1-day-old Arbor Acres (AA) male broilers were fed the basal diet for 7 days. Afterwards, the broilers were randomly divided into two treatment groups: non-challenged control group; Salmonella-challenged group. The basal diet (Table 1) was formulated to meet the requirements recommended by the National Research Council. All broilers were placed in a single thermo-controlled room. Room temperature was maintained at 32 °C during the first 3 days of life and then decreased by 2 to 3 °C per week. Broilers were given ad libitum access to feed and water and 24-h illumination throughout the whole experimental trial. The experimental procedures used in this study were approved by the Animal Care Advisory Committee of Sichuan Agricultural University.

Table 1 Composition and nutrient concentrations of the diet (air dry-basis, %)

Oral Salmonella Inoculation

On day 7, broilers were orally inoculated with either 0 or 0.5 × 108 CFU Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (ST), according to the previous assignment (non-challenged vs. challenged). The method is detailed elsewhere [22]. The strain of ST used in this experiment was from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC, No. 14028).

Growth Performance

The body weight of broilers was recorded at 7, 8, 10 and 14 days of age. These values were used to calculate the average body weight gain, according to the body weight of each growth phase.

Sample Collection and Procedures

At 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge (at 8, 10 and 14 days of age), blood samples were taken from eight randomly selected birds in each group, and centrifuged at 2500 g/min for 10 min at 4 °C and then serum layer stored at − 20 °C for serum zinc concentration analysis. Afterwards, the broilers were sacrificed by CO2 to collect the liver, spleen, thymus, bursa of Fabricius, duodenum, jejunum, ileum and cecum for the determination of zinc content and expression levels of zinc metabolism-related genes. Note that selected birds had fasted 12 h before sample collection.


Total RNA was extracted from the liver and duodenum using RNAiso Plus reagent (TaKaRa), according to the manufacturer’s protocol and transcribed into cDNA by using the Prime Script™ RT reagent kit (TaKaRa). Quantitative real-time PCR system was performed on a CFX96 PCR system (BioRad) with the oligonucleotide sequences shown in Table S1. Relative gene expression was calculated with the 2△△Ct method [23], normalizing the results to the house-keeping gene β-actin.

Zinc Measured by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy

An Agilent 7500cx inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) instrument (G3148B ISIS, Agilent Technologies, Japan) equipped with a G3160B I-AS integrated autosampler was employed to measure the ion profile since it allows a reduction in the detection time and volume of each sample compared with similar instruments. The typical operating conditions and the pretreatments of samples used in this study have been described previously [24].

Statistical Analysis

Statistical analysis was performed using GraphPad Prism software (Version 5.01). All results were presented as mean ± SEM. Statistical tests included the unpaired two-tailed Student’s t test as appropriate with Bonferroni post hoc tests. Significance (P value) was evaluated at the 0.05 level.


Salmonella Challenge Decreased the Growth Performance of Broilers

Our results showed that there was no significant difference in the average body weight between the control and Salmonella-challenged broilers (Fig. 1a), with only a slight tendency towards a decreased body weight of broilers at 14 days (P = 0.0953). In contrast, Salmonella challenge dramatically reduced the average body weight gain of broilers at 3 and 7 days post-challenge (Fig. 1b).

Fig. 1

The growth performance of 7~14 day-old broilers. a The average body weight of broilers at 7, 8, 10 and 14 days of age. b The average body weight gain of broilers at 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge (n = 8). *P < 0.05, **P < 0.01, ***P < 0.001, all data compare with control, the same with the follow figures

Hypozincaemia Was Observed in Salmonella-Challenged Broilers

Generally, mice challenged with Salmonella display profound changes in their metal metabolism [25]. In the case of zinc, “hypozincaemia” is among the changes observed in the period of acute inflammatory response. It is considered an effective strategy for mice to combat Salmonella challenge [16]. In broilers, hypozincaemia was also observed following Salmonella challenge (Fig. 2). Salmonella challenge resulted in a serum zinc decrease at 3 days post-challenge (Fig. 2a) and a liver zinc content increase, zinc was redistributed into the liver at 1 day post-challenge (Fig. 2b).

Fig. 2

Hypozincaemia was observed in Salmonella challenged broilers. The serum zinc concentration (a) and liver zinc content (b) of broilers at 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge were detected by ICP-MS (n = 8)

Zinc Was Also Redistributed into the Bursa of Fabricius

As noted above, zinc was redistributed into the liver in Salmonella-challenged broilers (Fig. 2), which is considered to be a response by the host defence system. A great deal of literature has already revealed that immune organs play crucial roles in the defence against Salmonella [22]. Whether the host will alter the zinc metabolism of their immune organs in response to Salmonella challenge remains unknown until now. We checked the zinc content in three different immune organs of broilers. As shown in Fig. 3, Salmonella challenge altered the zinc metabolism in the spleen and bursa of Fabricius. However, there was no difference in the content of zinc in the thymus (Fig. 3b). Intriguingly, Salmonella challenge slightly reduced the zinc content in the spleen (Fig. 3a), but significantly increased the zinc content in the bursa of Fabricius, suggesting that zinc was also redistributed into the bursa of Fabricius in Salmonella-challenged broilers.

Fig. 3

Zinc was redistributed into the bursa of Fabricius. Zinc content in the spleen (a), thymus (b) and bursa of Fabricius (c) zinc content of broilers at 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge were detected by ICP-MS (n = 8)

Salmonella Challenge Inhibited the Zinc Absorption in the Intestine

As zinc is not stored in body, it must to be ingested daily and its homeostasis must to be accurately regulated. Whether the host mediates the hypozincaemia against Salmonella challenge through limiting the absorption of zinc was not fully known. Therefore, the duodenal, jejunal, ileal and cecal contents of zinc were measured by ICP-MS in this study. As shown in Fig. 4, Salmonella challenge inhibited zinc absorption in the duodenum, and the zinc content of the duodenum in Salmonella-challenged broilers was less compared with the control group at the 1 day post-challenge (Fig. 4a). Similar results were also observed in the ileum (Fig. 4c). Interestingly, Salmonella challenge resulted in zinc accumulation in the jejunum and cecum at 3 days post-challenge (Fig. 4b, d).

Fig. 4

Salmonella challenge inhibited the zinc absorption in the small intestine. Duodenal (a), jejunal (b), ileal (c) and cecal (d) zinc content of broilers at 1, 3 and 7 days post-challenge were detected by ICP-MS (n = 8)

Zinc Transporter–Mediated Hypozincaemia in Salmonella-Challenged Broilers

Figures 2b and 4a showed that Salmonella challenge altered the zinc homeostasis of the liver and duodenum, which plays a crucial role in regulating the systemic zinc homeostasis. The MT mRNA expression was significantly upregulated in the liver at 1 day post-challenge (Fig. 5a). In addition, the host upregulated Zip14 (a zinc importer) mRNA expression to accumulate zinc in the liver (Fig. 5a). On the contrary, the mRNA expressions of zinc exporters ZnT1, ZnT4, ZnT5, ZnT6, ZnT8 and ZnT9 in the liver were significantly downregulated in Salmonella-challenged broilers. Meanwhile, Salmonella challenge caused a significantly decrease in MT mTNA expression that was accompanied by differential expression of specific zinc transporters in the duodenum at 1 day post-challenge (Fig. 5b). The host limited the zinc absorption in the duodenum by downregulating the mRNA expression of zinc importers, such as Zip5, Zip9, Zip10, Zip11, Zip12, Zip13 and ZIP14, and decreasing the mRNA expression levels of the zinc exporters ZnT1, ZnT4, ZnT6 and ZnT7 mRNA expression (Fig. 5b).

Fig. 5

Zinc transporter–mediated zinc redistribution in Salmonella-challenged broilers. Zinc metabolism relative gene mRNA expression in liver (a) and duodenum (b) of broilers at 1 day post-challenge (n = 8)


Salmonella challenge results in diarrhoea and severely reduces the body weight of animals [1, 26]. The impact of Salmonella challenge on the performance of broilers has been reported and was further confirmed in this study. Salmonella challenge substantially decreased the body weight gain of Salmonella-challenged broilers at 3 and 7 days post-challenge. Salmonella challenge impairs the intestinal mucosal barrier and affects the absorption, transfer and utilization of nutrients of the host, which explains this phenomenon [27, 28].

One of the most characteristic features of the acute-phase response to pathogen challenge is a dramatic change in the metabolism of ions, mainly transition metal ions, such as iron, zinc, copper and manganese [25], which are essential for host and pathogen. Consequently, the host has evolved sophisticated sequestration mechanisms to limit pathogen access to these ions [10]. These processes of host-enforced micronutrient restriction are termed “nutritional immunity” [10, 12]. Hypozincaemia induced by Salmonella challenge is believed to belong to the defence arsenal of nutritional immunity [16]. In line with the literature evidence, we revealed that Salmonella-challenged broilers also display hypozincaemia. Zinc was redistributed into the liver during the process of acute-phase response to Salmonella challenge, which was also confirmed by the MT mRNA expression in the liver. In addition, we found that the host upregulated zinc importer Zip14 gene expression to redistribute zinc into the liver and downregulated the gene expression levels of zinc exporters (ZnT4, ZnT5, ZnT6, ZnT8 and ZnT9) to accumulate zinc into the liver. Hypozincaemia is beneficial to reduce zinc availability for Salmonella, which limits Salmonella replication and formation of virulence gene formation [29, 30] and redistributes zinc into the liver for hepatic synthesis of acute-phase response proteins [16, 31]. Thus, it is not surprising that hypozincaemia is an important innate defence strategy.

Accumulating literature evidence shows that immune organs play crucial roles in defence against Salmonella infection [32,33,34], and mild zinc alteration dramatically affects the function of immune organs [35]. Therefore, we measured the zinc content in the spleen, thymus and bursa of Fabricius. As expected, Salmonella infection causes zinc redistribution into the bursa of Fabricius, a primary central humoral immune organ responsible for establishment and maintenance of the B cell compartment in avian species [36, 37]. Zinc accumulation contributes to B cell proliferation and enhances the immune function of the host to against bacterial infection. Furthermore, we also found substantial changes among other ions in the bursa of Fabricius of Salmonella-challenged broilers (data not shown). However, no remarkable changes in zinc were observed in the spleen and thymus.

As zinc is not stored in the body, it has to be ingested daily and its homeostasis needs to be regulated accurately. Salmonella challenge inhibited zinc absorption in the duodenum via downregulation of zinc importer (Zip5, Zip10, Zip11, Zip12, Zip13 and Zip14) mRNA expression, which locate at membranes of cells in mammals and are responsible for zinc absorption from the gut tract. Notably, zinc exporters ZnT1, ZnT4, ZnT6 and ZnT7 were also downregulated in the duodenum of Salmonella-challenged broilers. These zinc exporters locate at the basement membrane or organelles in the duodenum and contribute to transport zinc from the intestinal epithelium to blood [38,39,40,41]. Hence, downregulation of these zinc exporters will significantly lessen the serum zinc concentration, which provides a mechanistic explanation for hypozincaemia.

Overall, we found that the systemic zinc homeostasis of broilers was modulated by Salmonella. Salmonella challenge induced hypozincaemia via limiting zinc absorption in the duodenum and redistributing zinc into the liver and bursa of Fabricius. Zinc transporters play a crucial role in this process, especially ZIP14. These changes in broilers seem to belong to the defence arsenal of the host.


  1. 1.

    Zhang B et al (2012) Zinc prevents Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium-induced loss of intestinal mucosal barrier function in broiler chickens. Avian Pathol 41:361–367

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Hohmann EL (2001) Nontyphoidal salmonellosis. Clin Infect Dis 32:263–269

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Drumo R et al (2015) Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium exploits inflammation to modify swine intestinal microbiota. Front Cell Infect Microbiol 5:106

    Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Foley SL et al (2011) Population dynamics of Salmonella enterica serotypes in commercial egg and poultry production. Appl Environ Microbiol 77:4273–4279

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Liljebjelke KA et al (2005) Vertical and horizontal transmission of salmonella within integrated broiler production system. Foodborne Pathog Dis 2:90–102

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Fasina YO et al (2008) Intestinal cytokine response of commercial source broiler chicks to Salmonella typhimurium infection. Poult Sci 87:1335–1346

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Nairz M et al (2015) Iron regulatory proteins mediate host resistance to Salmonella infection. Cell Host Microbe 18:254–261

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Fang FC, Weiss G (2014) Iron ERRs with Salmonella. Cell Host Microbe 15:515–516

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Porcheron G, Garenaux A, Proulx J, Sabri M, Dozois CM (2013) Iron, copper, zinc, and manganese transport and regulation in pathogenic Enterobacteria: correlations between strains, site of infection and the relative importance of the different metal transport systems for virulence. Front Cell Infect Microbiol 3:90

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Hood MI, Skaar EP (2012) Nutritional immunity: transition metals at the pathogen-host interface. Nat Rev Microbiol 10:525–537

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    Weinberg ED (2009) Iron availability and infection. Biochim Biophys Acta 1790:600–605

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  12. 12.

    Barber MF, Elde NC (2014) Nutritional immunity. Escape from bacterial iron piracy through rapid evolution of transferrin. Science 346:1362–1366

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    Lopez CA, Skaar EP (2018) The impact of dietary transition metals on host-bacterial interactions. Cell Host Microbe 23:737–748

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    Kehl-Fie TE, Skaar EP (2010) Nutritional immunity beyond iron: a role for manganese and zinc. Curr Opin Chem Biol 14:218–224

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  15. 15.

    Becker KW, Skaar EP (2014) Metal limitation and toxicity at the interface between host and pathogen. FEMS Microbiol Rev 38:1235–1249

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  16. 16.

    Liuzzi JP et al (2005) Interleukin-6 regulates the zinc transporter Zip14 in liver and contributes to the hypozincemia of the acute-phase response. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102:6843–6848

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    Tocco-Bradley R, Kluger MJ (1984) Zinc concentration and survival in rats infected with Salmonella typhimurium. Infect Immun 45:332–338

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  18. 18.

    Chua JS, Rofe AM, Coyle P (2006) Dietary zinc supplementation ameliorates LPS-induced teratogenicity in mice. Pediatr Res 59:355–358

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  19. 19.

    Lahiri A, Abraham C (2014) Activation of pattern recognition receptors up-regulates metallothioneins, thereby increasing intracellular accumulation of zinc, autophagy, and bacterial clearance by macrophages. Gastroenterology 147:835–846

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20.

    Wu A, Tymoszuk P, Haschka D, Heeke S, Dichtl S, Petzer V, Seifert M, Hilbe R, Sopper S, Talasz H, Bumann D, Lass-Flörl C, Theurl I, Zhang K, Weiss G (2017) Salmonella utilizes zinc to subvert anti-microbial host defense of macrophages via modulation of NF-kappaB signaling. Infect Immun 85(12)

  21. 21.

    Klasing KC (1984) Effect of inflammatory agents and interleukin 1 on iron and zinc metabolism. Am J Phys 247:R901–R904

    CAS  Google Scholar 

  22. 22.

    Pan S et al (2018) Effect of high dietary manganese on the immune responses of broilers following oral Salmonella typhimurium inoculation. Biol Trace Elem Res 181:347–360

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  23. 23.

    Livak KJ, Schmittgen TD (2001) Analysis of relative gene expression data using real-time quantitative PCR and the 2(-Delta Delta C(T)) method. Methods 25:402–408

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  24. 24.

    Sun L et al (2012) Associations between ionomic profile and metabolic abnormalities in human population. PLoS One 7:e38845

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  25. 25.

    Skaar EP, Raffatellu M (2015) Metals in infectious diseases and nutritional immunity. Metallomics 7:926–928

    Article  Google Scholar 

  26. 26.

    Vandeplas S et al (2009) Efficiency of a Lactobacillus plantarum-xylanase combination on growth performances, microflora populations, and nutrient digestibilities of broilers infected with Salmonella Typhimurium. Poult Sci 88:1643–1654

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  27. 27.

    Fasina YO, Hoerr FJ, McKee SR, Conner DE (2010) Influence of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium infection on intestinal goblet cells and villous morphology in broiler chicks. Avian Dis 54:841–847

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  28. 28.

    van Leeuwen P, Mouwen JM, van der Klis JD, Verstegen MW (2004) Morphology of the small intestinal mucosal surface of broilers in relation to age, diet formulation, small intestinal microflora and performance. Br Poult Sci 45:41–48

    Article  Google Scholar 

  29. 29.

    Ammendola S et al (2007) High-affinity Zn2+ uptake system ZnuABC is required for bacterial zinc homeostasis in intracellular environments and contributes to the virulence of Salmonella enterica. Infect Immun 75:5867–5876

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  30. 30.

    Campoy S et al (2002) Role of the high-affinity zinc uptake znuABC system in Salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium virulence. Infect Immun 70:4721–4725

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  31. 31.

    Kim S, Watanabe K, Shirahata T, Watarai M (2004) Zinc uptake system (znuA locus) of Brucella abortus is essential for intracellular survival and virulence in mice. J Vet Med Sci 66:1059–1063

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  32. 32.

    Brownell JR, Sadler WW, Fanelli MJ (1970) Role of bursa of Fabricius in chicken resistance to Salmonella typhimurium. Avian Dis 14:142–152

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  33. 33.

    Ma T et al (2014) Identification of key genes in the response to Salmonella enterica Enteritidis, Salmonella enterica Pullorum, and poly(I:C) in chicken spleen and caecum. Biomed Res Int 2014:154946

    Google Scholar 

  34. 34.

    Chang G et al (2015) A mutation in the NLRC5 promoter limits NF-kappaB signaling after Salmonella Enteritidis infection in the spleen of young chickens. Gene 568:117–123

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  35. 35.

    King LE, Frentzel JW, Mann JJ, Fraker PJ (2005) Chronic zinc deficiency in mice disrupted T cell lymphopoiesis and erythropoiesis while B cell lymphopoiesis and myelopoiesis were maintained. J Am Coll Nutr 24:494–502

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  36. 36.

    Masteller EL, Lee KP, Carlson LM, Thompson CB (1995) Expression of sialyl Lewis(x) and Lewis(x) defines distinct stages of chicken B cell maturation. J Immunol 155:5550–5556

    CAS  Google Scholar 

  37. 37.

    Yin Y, Qin T, Yu Q, Yang Q (2014) Bursopentin (BP5) from chicken bursa of fabricius attenuates the immune function of dendritic cells. Amino Acids 46:1763–1774

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  38. 38.

    Yu YY, Kirschke CP, Huang L (2007) Immunohistochemical analysis of ZnT1, 4, 5, 6, and 7 in the mouse gastrointestinal tract. J Histochem Cytochem 55:223–234

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  39. 39.

    Bleck O et al (2001) Genomic localization, organization and amplification of the human zinc transporter protein gene, ZNT4, and exclusion as a candidate gene in different clinical variants of acrodermatitis enteropathica. Arch Dermatol Res 293:392–396

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  40. 40.

    Huang L, Kirschke CP, Gitschier J (2002) Functional characterization of a novel mammalian zinc transporter, ZnT6. J Biol Chem 277:26389–26395

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

  41. 41.

    Wang X, Wang ZY, Gao HL, Danscher G, Huang L (2006) Localization of ZnT7 and zinc ions in mouse retina--immunohistochemistry and selenium autometallography. Brain Res Bull 71:91–96

    CAS  Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 31472118), science and technology support project of Sichuan Province (2016NZ0003), and Chelota Group (China) research project (2016LD0001).

Author information



Corresponding author

Correspondence to Keying Zhang.

Additional information

Publisher’s Note

Springer Nature remains neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.

Electronic supplementary material


(DOCX 14 kb)

Rights and permissions

Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Wu, A., Bai, S., Ding, X. et al. The Systemic Zinc Homeostasis Was Modulated in Broilers Challenged by Salmonella. Biol Trace Elem Res 196, 243–251 (2020).

Download citation


  • Salmonella
  • Broiler
  • Zinc
  • Hypozincaemia
  • Zinc homeostasis