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Bacillus coagulans R11 consumption influenced the abundances of cecum antibiotic resistance genes in lead-exposed laying hens.

  • 2021-04
  • Environmental Pollution 274
    • Sicheng Xing
    • Jing-Yuan Chen
    • Yingfeng Cai
    • Chunbo Huang
    • Xin-Di Liao
    • J. Mi


Bacillus coagulans is regarded as a clean, safe and helpful probiotic additive in the production of livestock and poultry breeds. Some studies have also shown that Bacillus coagulans can adsorb heavy metals in water, even in the gut of animals. However, whether Bacillus coagulans feeding influences antibiotic resistance gene (ARG) abundance in the gut of lead-exposed laying hens is unknown. To better apply such probiotics in the breeding industry, the present study employed Bacillus coagulans R11 and laying hens in model experiments to test ARG changes in the cecum of laying hens under lead exposure and B. coagulans R11 feeding. The results showed that there was the trend for ARG abundance decreasing in feeding B. coagulans R11 without lead exposure to laying hens in the cecum; however, feeding B. coagulans R11 to laying hens exposed to lead obviously increased the abundances of aminoglycoside and chloramphenicol ARGs. Further experiment found that hydroquinone, dodecanedioic acid, gibberellin A14, alpha-solanine, jasmonic acid and chitin were involved in the abundances of ARGs in the cecum, in addition the abundances of these compounds were also significantly enhanced by lead exposure or combination effects of lead and B. coagulans R11. As a result, the ARG hazards increased with feeding B. coagulans R11 to laying hens exposed to lead, and the key compounds which influenced by the combination effects of lead and B. coagulans R11 might influence the ARGs abundance.

Keywords: Antibiotic resistance genes; Bacillus coagulans R11; Gut microbiota; Laying hens; Lead.

Research Insights

SupplementHealth OutcomeEffect TypeEffect Size
Bacillus coagulansIncreased ARG Abundances Due to Lead ExposureHarmful
Bacillus coagulansReduced ARG Abundance Without Lead ExposureBeneficial
Bacillus coagulans MTCC 5856Increased ARG Abundances Due to Lead ExposureHarmful
Bacillus coagulans ProDuraIncreased Abundance of Antibiotic Resistance GenesHarmful
Bacillus coagulans ProDuraReduced ARG Abundance in the Absence of LeadBeneficial

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