Cranberries may boost broiler chicken immunity (Dr. M Diarra laboratory)

Dr. Moussa S. Diarra is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Guelph Research and Development Centre. His research is focused on antibiotic resistance and alternatives to antibiotics as well as bacterial pathogenesis and the interactions between pathogens and their hosts. He is the leader of the poultry node of an AAFC’s national […]

Sequence of two plasmids from Clostridium perfringens chicken necrotic enteritis isolates and comparison with C. perfringens conjugative plasmids. 2012.

Parreira, V. R., Costa, M., Eikmeyer, F., Blom, J., Prescott, J. F. PLoS One 7: e49753.  Abstract Twenty-six isolates of Clostridium perfringens of different MLST types from chickens with necrotic enteritis (NE) (15 netB-positive) or from healthy chickens (6 netB-positive, 5 netB-negative) were found to contain 1-4 large plasmids, with most netB-positive isolates containing 3 […]

Characterization of chicken thrombocyte responses to Toll-like receptor ligands

St Paul M, Paolucci S, Barjesteh N, Wood RD, Schat KA and Sharif S.  PLoS One. 7:8 (2012):e43381.   Abstract Thrombocytes are the avian equivalent to mammalian platelets. In addition to their hemostatic effects, mammalian platelets rely in part on pattern recognition receptors, such as the Toll-like receptors (TLR), to detect the presence of pathogens […]

Diversity of Enterococcus cecorum from chickens

Boerlin P, Nicholson V, Brash M, Slavic D, Boyen F, Sanei B, Butaye P.  Vet Microbiol. 2012 Jun 15;157(3-4):405-11. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2012.01.001. Epub 2012 Jan 8. PubMed PMID: 22266160.   Abstract Enterococcus cecorum is a normal inhabitant of the intestine of birds and other vertebrates. It has recently emerged in Canada and other countries as an important cause […]

Chicken as reservoir for extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli in humans, Canada

Bergeron CR, Prussing C, Boerlin P, Daignault D, Dutil L, Reid-Smith RJ, Zhanel GG, Manges AR. Canada. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;18(3):415-21. doi: 10.3201/eid1803.111099. PubMed PMID: 22377351; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3309577. Abstract We previously described how retail meat, particularly chicken, might be a reservoir for extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) causing urinary tract infections (UTIs) in humans. […]