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Effects of dietary supplementation with Hainanmycin on protein degradation and populations of ammonia-producing bacteria in vitro.

INTRODUCTION

Protein catabolism by ruminal microorganisms frequently leads to an excess of ammonia. A proportion of excess ammonia eventually is excreted as urea in the urine, which decreases the overall efficiency of nitrogen utilization by the animal (Tamminga, 1979; Leng and Nolan, 1984). Ammonia production is predominantly carried out by two categories of ammonia-producing bacteria (Wallace et al., 1997). One is comprised of the most numerous species of ruminal bacteria, which possess a low deaminative activity, and the other one is comprised of a much smaller population of so-called hyper-ammonia-producing (HAP) bacteria, which have much higher deaminative activity (Chen and Russell, 1989; Attwood et al., 1998). Because of their high specific activities of ammonia production, the HAP bacteria are considered to deaminate over 25% of the protein in feeds (Krause and Russell, 1996).

Ionophores have significant effects on protein metabolism in the rumen. The ionophore monensin can decrease rumen ammonia production (Jalc and Laukova, 2002; Martineau et al., 2007; Ghorbani et al., 2008). It also may reduce protein degradation, but it appears mainly to affect deamination of AA in the rumen (Russell and Strobel, 1989). Monensin may inhibit HAP bacteria (Callaway et al., 1997). Much of the decrease in ruminal ammonia production caused by monensin addition can be specifically attributed to the inhibitory effects on HAP bacteria (Yang and Russell, 1993b; Krause and Russell, 1996; Uwituze et al., 2011).

Hainanmycin is an ionophore from one of the fermentation products of a rare streptomycete, Streptomyces padanus var dangfangeus, which is isolated from soil samples collected in Hainan province of China. The usage of hainanmycin in animal feed has been permitted by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) of China since 1993. Hainanmycin can reduce ammonia production (Ren et al., 1998). However, there is little information on the effects of dietary supplementation of hainanmycin on protein degradation and populations of ammonia-producing bacteria in the rumen. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of different supplementation levels of hainanmycin on protein degradation and populations of ammonia-producing bacteria in in vitro study.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

Rumen fermentation in vitro

In vitro fermentation was carried out according to the procedure described by Menke et al. (1979). Rumen fluid was obtained from two ruminally-fistulated heifers fed a 60:40 (forage:concentrate) diet (Table 1) which was formulated to meet NRC (2001) nutrient requirements for heifers. All procedures involving animals were conducted under the approval of Northeast Agricultural University Animal Science and Technology College Animal Care and Use Committee. Rumen fluid was strained through two layers of cheesecloth, and mixed in a 1:2 proportion with buffer (Menke et al., 1979). The fermentation process was conducted in 90 ml glasses syringes containing 50 ml of culture fluid with 0.5 g of a substrate ground through a 1 mm screen. The substrate (DM basis) consisted of alfalfa hay (31.7%), Chinese wild rye grass hay (28.3%), ground corn grain (24.5%) and soybean meal (15.5%). The 1, 10, 100, and 1,000 mg of hainanmycin (Shandong Sheng li Co., Ltd.; [C.sub.47][H.sub.80][O.sub.15] x [H.sub.2]O, purity of 99%) were dissolved in 10 L ethanol, respectively, and a total of 0.5 ml was added to the culture fluid (designed as H0.1, H1, H10, and H100, respectively). And 0.5 ml of ethanol (without any additive) was also added to the culture fluid in the control. Each syringe was gassed with carbon dioxide (C[O.sub.2]) before sealing with rubber corks with a gas release valve. Syringes were incubated in a water bath at 39[degrees]C. The in vitro incubation was done 2 times in triplicate each time under similar conditions.

Sample collection

After 24 h incubation, ruminal pH was measured immediately by Mettler Delta 340 (Mettler Electronics, UK) and subsamples were acidified to pH 2 with sulfuric acid (50% vol/vol; 1:17 wt/wt acid: rumen fluid) and frozen at -20[degrees]C for later determination of VFA and ammonia N concentrations. Samples were also taken for determination of peptide nitrogen (N), AA N, proteinase, peptidase, and deaminase, and isolation of DNA or RNA.

Chemical analysis

Thawed ruminal samples were prepared for analysis by centrifuging at 30,000 g for 15 min at 4[degrees]C and then supernatant was collected. Concentrations of VFA were measured using gas chromatography. The procedure of Broderick and Kang (1980) was used to measure concentrations of ammonia. Peptide N and AA N were determined as described by Winter et al. (1964).

Proteinase, peptidase, and deaminase activities were measured by using mixed ruminal bacteria from fermentation fluid after 24 h incubation, prepared by straining and centrifuging at 200 g for 15 min in order to remove ciliate protozoa. Proteinase activity used [sup.14]C-labelled casein as previously described with whole bacteria (Wallace, 1983), while peptidase (dipeptidyl peptidases and dipeptidases) assays used GlyArg-p-nitroanilide (pNA), GlyPro-pNA, [Ala.sub.2]-pNA, LeuN-pNA, and Pro-pNA and sonicated bacteria by measuring peptide breakdown by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (Wallace and McKain, 1989). Deaminase activity was measured by using casein acid hydrolysate as the substrate (Newbold et al., 1990).

Procedures for DNA extraction, PCR reactions, and calculation of relative population sizes (RPS) based on 16S rRNA gene copy number have been described by Stevenson and Weimer (2007). PCR primers for the following taxa have been described previously (Stevenson and Weimer, 2007): Butyrivibrio fibrisolven, Prevotella ruminicola, Megasphaera elsdenii, Selenomonas ruminantium, and Streptococcus bovis. The RPS of these species are expressed as percentages of the 16S rRNA gene copy number of the total bacterial domain.

The rRNA was extracted from cells in rumen samples by bead beating with a Mini-bead beater (Biospec Products, Bartlesville, Okla) as described by Stahl et al. (1988). Hybridization process and the probe sequences used for hyper-ammonia-producing (HAP) bacteria (Clostridium aminophilum, Peptostreptococcus anaerobius, and Clostridium Sticklandii) have been described previously (Krause and Russell, 1996). The relative amount of 16S rRNA was determined with a universal probe (5'-CCTGTGTCGGTT-3'), and the amounts of C. aminophilum, P. anaerobius, and C. sticklandii 16S rRNAs were estimated from hybridization intensity standard curves.

Statistical analyses

The effects of different levels of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin compared with control were tested using the General Linear Model (GLM) procedure of SAS (version 8.12, SAS Institute, 1989). We had a total ten observations (5 treatmentx2 times) in the present study and the observations were subjected to least squares analysis of variance according to the following models:

[Y.sub.ij] = [mu] + [[tau].sub.i] + [S.sub.j] + [[epsilon].sub.ij]

Where [Y.sub.ij] is dependent variable, [mu] is the overall mean, [[tau].sub.i] is the effect of treatment (i = 5), [S.sub.j] is the random effect of repeated time (j = 3), and [[epsilon].sub.j] is the error term.

When the overall F-test was significant, differences between means and the control were declared significant at p<0.05 using the Duncan's New Multiple Range Test.

RESULTS

Rumen fermentation characteristics in vitro

Dietary supplementation with different levels of hainanmycin had no effect on pH (p<0.05) with the exception of the level of 100 mg/kg (Table 2), which increased pH by 9.92% (p<0.05) when compared with control. Treatment H100 reduced total VFA concentration by 47.16% (p<0.05), but other levels of hainanmycin had no effect on total VFA content. Increasing addition levels of hainanmycin (higher than 1 mg/kg) significantly decreased acetate molar percentage (p<0.05) and increased propionate molar percentage (p<0.05), which led to the reduced ratio of acetate to propionate. Treatments H10 and H100 had a reduced molar percentage of butyrate (p<0.05) and there were no difference among treatments on valerate concentration (p>0.05). The molar percentage of isobutyrate and isovalerate and branched-chain VFA decreased as the level of hainanmycin supplementation increased.

N fraction concentrations of protein degradation in vitro

Peptide N concentration was increased (p<0.05) in treatment H10 and H100 compared with the control (Table 3). Increasing the addition level of hainanmycin (higher than 0.1 mg/kg) significantly increased (p<0.05) AA N concentration compared with control. When hainanmycin was added at levels of 1, 10, and 100 mg/kg, N[H.sub.3]-N concentration declined by 23.96, 32.05, and 47.39%, respectively.

Proteinase, peptidase, and deaminase activities in vitro

Treatment H10 and H100 increased (p<0.05) proteinase activity compared with control (Table 3). The Peptidase activities were similar among treatments. Deaminase activity declined (p<0.05) in H1, H10, and H100 when compared with control.

Relative population sizes (RPS) of ammonia-producing bacteria in vitro

Treatment H10 and H100 reduced (p<0.05) RPS of Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens and increased (p<0.05) RPS of Prevotella ruminicola compared with control (Table 4). Different levels of hainanmycin had no effect on RPS of Megasphaera elsdenii, Selenomonas ruminantium, and Streptococcus bovis (not detected). In addition, hainanmycin supplementation decreased (p<0.05) RPS of C. aminophilum, P. anaerobius and C. sticklandii, except for H0.1 on C. aminophilum compared with control (Table 5).

DISCUSSION

Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin on ruminal fermentation

Hainanmycin supplemented at 100 mg/kg increased pH to 7.16, which indicated the fermentation of substrate was inhibited. Volatile fatty acids are the end products of rumen microbial fermentation and represent the main supply of metabolizable energy for ruminants (Van Soest, 1994). Therefore, a reduction in their production would be nutritionally unfavorable for the animal. In our study, hainanmycin added at 100 mg/kg decreased total VFA concentration. Compared with the control, total VFA concentration and pH were not changed by other levels (H0.1, H1, and H10) of hainanmycin supplementation. Similar to the results in the present trial with hainanmycin, Ren et al. (1998) reported the supplementation of 2.0 mg/kg of hainanmycin (estimated ruminal concentration) had no effect on total VFA concentration compared with control.

Changes in molar percentages of acetate, propionate and their ratio in the present study were in agreement with the observations of Ren et al. (1998), who reported that dietary addition of hainanmycin increased (p<0.05) the molar proportions of propionate from 21.8% to 26.3% and decreased (p<0.05) that of acetate from 72.8% to 68.8% and the ratio of acetate to propionate. Lower ratio of acetate and propionate reflects a shift in ruminal fermentation that is more efficient for beef production systems (Wolin and Miller, 1988; Brockman, 1993). The proportions of individual VFA were not affected by supplementation of hainamycin at 0.1 mg/kg compared with control. Treatment H10 and H100 decreased molar percentage of butyrate. The bacterium Butyrivibrio fibrisolvens is considered as a major producer of butyrate in the rumen (Miller and Jenesel, 1979). The decrease in molar percentage of butyrate in the present experiment might result from the reduction of this species.

The branched-chain VFA (BCVFA) is derived from amino acid catabolism in the rumen (Mackie and White, 1990). The observed reduction in BCVFA (isobutyrate and isovalerate) concentration in H1, H10, and H100 implied that hainanmycin supplemented at 1.0, 10, and 100 mg/kg inhibited amino acid deamination.

Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin on ruminal protein degradation

Treatment H10 and H100 increased peptide N concentration by 33.66% and 46.44%, respectively, which suggested that proteolysis was stimulated or peptidolysis was inhibited when hainanmycin was added at 10 and 100 mg/kg. Addition of hainanmycin at 1, 10, and 100 mg/kg resulted in higher AA N concentration and lower N[H.sub.3]-N concentration. The accumulation of AA N and the decrease in N[H.sub.3]-N implied that amino acid deamination could be inhibited. The inhibition of amino acid deamination has practical implications because it may increase ruminal escape of dietary protein and improve the efficiency of N use in the rumen (Van Nevel and Demeyer, 1988).

H10 and H100 increased proteinase activity. Similarly, steers fed monensin and tylosin (a kind of ionophore) tended (p<0.08) to have greater in vitro protease activity than steers in the control. In contrast, monensin decreased protein disappearance in vitro, which indicated that proteinase activity was inhibited (Van Nevel and Demeyer, 1977; Whetstone et al., 1981). All levels of hainanmycin addition had no effect on peptidase activities, which indicated that hainanmycin supplementation failed to affect degradation of peptides to amino acids. The increase in proteinase activity and the lack of affect of hainanmycin supplementation on peptidase activity were consistent with the result of an increase in the peptide N concentration. Different addition levels of hainanmycin decreased deaminase activity with the exception of the level of 0.1 mg/kg, which corresponded with the increase in AA N concentration and the decrease in N[H.sub.3]-N.

Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin on populations of ammonia-producing bacteria

Ionophore sensitivity is closely correlated with cell wall structure. Gram-negative bacteria have an outer membrane that keeps monensin from reaching the cell membrane, but gram-positive bacteria are lacking in this defense mechanism and are generally more sensitive (Russell and Strobel, 1989). Treatment H10 and H100 reduced relative population sizes (RPS) of B. fibrisolvens during incubation, which may result from the fact that B. fibrisolvens as gram-positive bacteria is sensitive to ionophores. The RPS of P. ruminicola was increased in H10 and H100, which was similar to the results of Weimer et al. (2008) who observed that dietary supplementation of monensin increased relative ruminal population sizes of P. ruminicola during rumen fermentation of lactating dairy cows. P. ruminicola is also the predominant species of proteolytic bacterium in the rumen (van Gylswyk, 1990). Increases in proteinase activity and peptide N concentration may originate from the increasing RPS of P. ruminicola. The different addition levels of hainanmycin had no effect on the number of M. Elsdenii and S. ruminantium. These two bacteria are gram-negative bacteria, thus the ionophore hainanmycin failed to affect them. In contrast, RPS of C. aminophilum, P. anaerobius, and C. sticklandii decreased remarkably as the inclusion level of hainanmycin supplementation increased, which agreed with the former result of lower ammonia concentration. Similarly, Yang and Russell (1993a; b) demonstrated that the decrease in ruminal ammonia caused by monensin supplementation was associated with a tenfold decrease in hyper-ammonia-producing (HAP) bacteria. Chen and Russell (1989) reported that monensin reduced N[H.sub.3]-N concentration through the inhibition of the HAP bacteria responsible for the production of most of the ammonia. Hainanmycin decreased RPS of C. aminophilum, except for the lowest addition level in the present study, which suggested C. aminophilum was sensitive to hainanmycin in vitro. Krause and Russell (1996) also found that C. aminophilum was sensitive to monensin in a batch culture system, but C. aminophilum could survive in the rumen or continuous culture system after monensin was added to the diet. Callaway et al. (1999) also reported that C. aminophilum was highly sensitive to monensin upon first exposure, but was able to increase their resistance significantly to monensin following repeated exposures. These two studies suggest that there exists potential adaptation of C. aminophilum to monensin during long-term fermentation or in vivo. The C. aminophilum may also have the potential to adapt to hainanmycin since hainanmycin has property similar to monensin. Therefore, further studies are required to define effects of hainanmycin on C. aminophilum in continuous culture or in vivo. The high addition level (10 and 100 mg/kg) of hainanmycin almost eliminated P. anaerobius and C. sticklandii. Similarly, Callaway et al. (1997) found that RPS of P. anaerobius or C. sticklandii declined to undetectable amounts when animals were fed monensin. Krause and Russell (1996) also obtained similar results.

CONCLUSIONS

Dietary supplementation with hainanmycin could improve ruminal fermentation and modify protein degradation by changing the population size of ammonia-producing bacteria. Taking ruminal fermentation, protein degradation, and populations of ammonia-producing bacteria into consideration, the optimal addition level is 10 mg/kg of hainanmycin in vitro.

http://dx.doi.org/ 10.5713/ajas.2012.12589

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The authors are grateful to Industry Technology System of Modern Agriculture (Dairy Cattle) and Technology Project from Education Department of Heilongjiang Province (12511036) for providing financial support for this project.

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Z. B. Wang (1,2,a), H. S. Xin (1,a), M. J. Wang (1), Z. Y. Li (1), Y. L. Qu (2), S. J. Miao (2) and Y. G Zhang (1), *

* Corresponding Author: Y. G. Zhang. Tel: +86-0451-55190840, Fax: +86-0451-55190840, E-mail: zhangyonggen@sina.com

(1) College of Animal Science and Technology, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, 150030, Heilongjiang, China

(2) College of Animal Science and Technology, Heilongjiang Bayi Agricultural University, Daqing, 163319, China.

(a) Z. B. Wang and H. S. Xin contributed equally to this work and they are both co-first authors.

Submitted Oct. 22, 2012; Accepted Dec. 28, 2012; Revised Jan. 28, 2013
Table 1. Ingredients and chemical composition of diet

Composition                          %

Ingredient (% of DM)

Corn grain, ground                  23.80
  Soybean meal                      15.50
  Alfalfa                           31.70
  Chinese wild rye grass            28.40
  Monobasic sodium phosphate         0.40
  Salt                               0.30
  Vitamin and mineral mixture (1)    0.40

Chemical composition

  CP (% of DM)                      17.50
  NDF (% of DM)                     34.80
  ADF (% of DM)                     22.30

(1) Contained (per kg): 7 mg of Co; 167 mg of Cu; 33 mg of I; 2,660
mg of Mn; 27 mg of Se; 4,660 mg of Zn; 1,000 klU of vitamin A;
200 klU of vitamin [D.sub.3]; 1,330 mg of vitamin E; 33 g of sulfur;
and 300 g of MgO.

Table 2. Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin
on pH, total VFA, and individual VFA concentrations in vitro

Item                            Treatment (1)

                      Control        H0.1          H1

pH                     6.45 (b)     6.46 (b)     6.41 (b)
Total VFA (Mm)       139.53 (a)   138.37 (a)   143.53 (a)
VFA (mol/100 mol)
  Acetate             64.88 (a)    64.35 (a)    57.10 (a)
  Propionate          19.31c       20.33c       30.23 (b)
  Butyrate            10.23 (a)     9.75 (a)     8.85 (ab)
  Valerate             2.60         2.56         2.65
  Isobutyrate          0.59 (a)     0.58 (a)     0.40 (ab)
  Isovalerate          2.39 (a)     2.43 (a)     0.77 (b)
  BCVFA (2) (Mm)       4.17 (a)     4.17 (a)     1.62 (b)
Acetate/propionate     3.41 (a)     3.19 (a)     1.90 (b)

Item                       Treatment (1)       SEM    Pr>F (3)

                         H10         H100

pH                     6.49 (b)     7.16 (a)   0.05      *
Total VFA (Mm)       135.96 (a)    73.72 (b)   4.56      *
VFA (mol/100 mol)
  Acetate             48.66 (b)    46.41 (b)   2.27      *
  Propionate          40.94 (a)    45.43 (a)   2.49      *
  Butyrate             6.66 (bc)    4.62 (c)   0.75      *
  Valerate             2.55         2.62       0.19      NS
  Isobutyrate          0.27 (bc)    0.19 (c)   0.05      *
  Isovalerate          0.62 (b)     0.53 (b)   0.35      *
  BCVFA (2) (Mm)       1.31 (b)     0.55 (b)   0.57      *
Acetate/propionate     1.19 (b)     1.02 (b)   0.23      *

(1) H0.1 = 0.1 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H1 = 1 mg/kg of hainanmycin;
H10 =10 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H100 = 100 mg/kg of hainanmycin.

(2) Branched-chain VFA; includes isobutyrate and isovalerate.

(3) Pr>F = Probability level.

(a, b, c) Within a row, means with the superscript differ from
each other.

* p<0.05; NS = Not significant; SEM = Standard error of the mean.

Table 3. Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin on N
fraction concentrations, proteinase, peptidase, and deaminase
activities in vitro

Item                                  Treatment (1)

                           Control        H0.1           H1

Peptide N (mg/dl)           8.22 (c)     8.03 (c)      9.14 (bc)
Amino acid N (mg/dl)        7.07 (c)     7.99 (bc)    11.32 (ab)
N[H.sub.3]-N (mg/dl)       22.62 (a)    22.26 (a)     17.20 (b)
Proteinase activity (2)     0.57 (b)     0.58 (b)      0.66 (b)
Peptidase activity (3)
  GlyArg-pNA                1.42         1.41          1.34
  GlyPro-pNA                2.38         2.44          2.26
  [Ala.sub.2]-pNA           4.78         4.92          2.23
  Leu-pNA                   0.24         0.19          0.21
  Pro-pNA                   0.89         0.88          0.95
Deaminase activity (4)    406 (a)      390 (a)       352 (b)

Item                          Treatment (1)           SEM   Pr>F

                             H10          H100

Peptide N (mg/dl)          12.19 (ab)    13.67 (a)    1.03    *
Amino acid N (mg/dl)       13.08 (a)     14.99 (a)    1.08    *
N[H.sub.3]-N (mg/dl)       15.37 (bc)    11.90 (c)    1.21    *
Proteinase activity (2)     0.78 (a)      0.74 (a)    0.04    *
Peptidase activity (3)
  GlyArg-pNA                1.38          1.48        0.05    NS
  GlyPro-pNA                2.27          2.34        0.06    NS
  [Ala.sub.2]-pNA           2.27          2.29        0.09    NS
  Leu-pNA                   0.23          0.27        0.03    NS
  Pro-pNA                   0.93          0.93        0.04    NS
Deaminase activity (4)    177 (c)       164 (c)      11.24    *

(1) H0.1 = 0.1 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H1 = 1 mg/kg of hainanmycin;
H10 = 10 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H100 = 100 mg/kg of hainanmycin.

(2) mg of [sup.14]C-casein hydrolyzed [h.sup.-1] mg of
[protein.sup.-1].

(3) nmol [min.sup.-1] mg of [protein.sup.-1].

(4) nmol of ammonia produced [h.sup.-1] mg of [protein.sup.-1].

(a, b, c) Means within a row with the superscript differ from each
other. Pr>F = Probability level.

* p<0.05; NS = Not significant; SEM = Standard error of the mean.

Table 4. Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin
on the relative ruminal population sizes (RPS) of four
ammonia-producing bacteria in vitro1

Item                         Treatment (2)

                 Control     H0.1        H1          H10

Butyrivibrio     0.024 (a)   0.025 (a)   0.023 (a)   0.012 (b)
  fibrisolvens
Prevotella       0.69 (c)    1.13 (bc)   1.20b (c)   2.56 (ab)
  ruminicola
Megasphaera      0.31        0.34        0.31        0.28
  elsdenii
Selenomonas      0.52        0.54        0.51        0.59
  ruminantium

Item             Treatment (2)   SEM     Pr>F (3)

                 H100

Butyrivibrio     0.012 (b)       0.002      *
  fibrisolvens
Prevotella       2.89 (a)        0.41       *
  ruminicola
Megasphaera      0.32            0.04       NS
  elsdenii
Selenomonas      0.60            0.05       NS
  ruminantium

(1) RPS are expressed as percentages (%) of the 16S rRNA gene
copy number of the total bacterial domain.

(2) H0.1 = 0.1 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H1 = 1 mg/kg of hainanmycin;
H10 =10 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H100 = 100 mg/kg of hainanmycin.

(3) Pr>F = Probability level.

(a, b, c) Means within a row with the superscript differ from each
other.

* p<0.05; NS = Not significant; SEM = Standard error of the mean.

Table 5. Effects of dietary supplementation with hainanmycin
on the relative ruminal population sizes (RPS) of
hyper-ammonia-producing (HAP) bacteria in vitro (1)

Item                                    Treatment (2)

                     Control      H0.1        H1        H10

Clostridium          1.01 (a)   1.04 (a)   0.77 (b)   0.08 (c)
  aminophilum
Peptostreptococcus   1.08 (a)   0.40 (b)   0.15 (c)   0.06 (c)
  anaerobius
Clostridium          1.17 (a)   0.33 (b)   0.16 (c)   0.08 (c)
  sticklandii

Item                 Treatment (2)   SEM    Pr>F (3)

                         H100

Clostridium          0.09 (c)        0.03      *
  aminophilum
Peptostreptococcus   0.06 (c)        0.04      *
  anaerobius
Clostridium          0.06 (c)        0.35      *
  sticklandii

(1) RPS are expressed as percentages (%) of the 16S rRNA gene
copy number of the total bacterial domain.

(2) H0.1 = 0.1 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H1 = 1 mg/kg of hainanmycin;
H10 = 10 mg/kg of hainanmycin; H100 = 100 mg/kg of hainanmycin.

(3) Pr>F = Probability level.

(a, b, c) Means within a row with the superscript differ from each
other.

* p<0.05; NS = Not significant; SEM = Standard error of the mean.
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Author:Wang, Z.B.; Xin, H.S.; Wang, M.J.; Li, Z.Y.; Qu, Y.L.; Miao, S.J.; Zhang, Y.G.
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