Protective effects of Bacillus subtilis against Salmonella infection in the microbiome of Hy-Line Brown layers

  • Oh, Ju Kyoung (Department of Animal Resources Science, Dankook University) ;
  • Pajarillo, Edward Alain B. (College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Florida A&M University) ;
  • Chae, Jong Pyo (Department of Animal Resources Science, Dankook University) ;
  • Kim, In Ho (Department of Animal Resources Science, Dankook University) ;
  • Kang, Dae-Kyung (Department of Animal Resources Science, Dankook University)
  • Received : 2017.01.31
  • Accepted : 2017.04.10
  • Published : 2017.09.01


Objective: This study investigated the effects of Bacillus subtilis CSL2 (B. subtilis CSL2) administration before Salmonella challenge on the fecal microbiota and microbial functionality of Hy-line Brown (HLB) laying hens. Methods: Fecal samples were collected from control (CON), Salmonella-infected (SAL) and Salmonella-infected, probiotic-treated (PRO) groups before and after Salmonella challenge for microbiome analysis using 16S rRNA gene pyrosequencing. Results: Infection with Salmonella led to decreased microbial diversity in hen feces; diversity was recovered with Bacillus administration. In addition, Salmonella infection triggered significant alterations in the composition of the fecal microbiota. The abundance of the phylum Firmicutes decreased while that of Proteobacteria, which includes a wide variety of pathogens, increased significantly. Bacillus administration resulted in normal levels of abundance of Firmicutes and Proteobacteria. Analysis of bacterial genera showed that Salmonella challenge decreased the population of Lactobacillus, the most abundant genus, and increased populations of Pseudomonas and Flavobacterium genera by a factor of 3 to 5. On the other hand, Bacillus administration caused the abundance of the Lactobacillus genus to recover to control levels and decreased the population of Pseudomonas significantly. Further analysis of operational taxonomic units revealed a high abundance of genes associated with two-component systems and secretion systems in the SAL group, whereas the PRO group had more genes associated with ribosomes. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that B. subtilis CSL2 administration can modulate the microbiota in HLB laying hens, potentially acting as a probiotic to protect against Salmonella Gallinarum infection.


Supported by : Rural Development Administration


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