Effects of dietary pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium on growth, carcass characteristics, redox status, and mitochondria metabolism in broilers

J Wang, H J Zhang, K G Samuel, C Long, S G Wu, H Y Yue, L L Sun, G H Qi
Poultry Science 2015, 94 (2): 215-25
The potential benefits of supplementing pyrroloquinoline quinone disodium (PQQ·Na2) in the diet of broiler chicks were explored. We first examined the effect of different levels of dietary PQQ·Na2 on growth performance, carcass characteristics, and plasma biochemical parameters (trial 1). A total of 490 1-day-old male Arbor Acres (AA) broiler chicks were randomly divided into 5 dietary groups supplemented with 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, or 0.4 mg PQQ·Na2/kg feed. As the 0.2 mg/kg PQQ·Na2 supplement gave the best performance, we then investigated whether this level of PQQ·Na2 influenced the redox status of plasma samples and mitochondrial-related metabolism (trial 2). A total of 120 1-day-old male AA chicks were randomly divided into 2 groups supplemented with 0 or 0.2 mg PQQ·Na2/kg diet. In trial 1, birds fed a diet containing 0.2 mg PQQ·Na2/kg showed lower feed conversion ratio compared with those fed the control diet in the overall study (d 1 to 42, P=0.039). Breast muscle yield (d 42) increased quadratically in response to dietary PQQ·Na2 supplementation (P=0.021). Analysis of plasma biochemical parameters revealed that feeding broiler chicks with ≤0.4 mg/kg PQQ·Na2 did not cause adverse health effects. In trial 2, birds fed 0.2 mg/kg PQQ·Na2 again showed improved feed efficiency than the control birds in the grower and overall phases (P=0.038 and 0.016, respectively). In addition, dietary PQQ·Na2 supplementation resulted in a higher anti-oxidative capacity (P=0.001), lower redox potential (P=0.008), and higher hepatic citrate synthase activity (P=0.002). In contrast, no difference in hepatic mitochondrial DNA copy number was observed between the 2 experimental groups (P>0.1). These results indicate that PQQ·Na2 is a potentially effective feed additive for improving feed efficiency, stimulating breast muscle development, and maintaining redox status in broiler chicks. Enhancement of mitochondria efficiency, rather than modulating mitochondria numbers, may underlie the growth-promoting effect of PQQ·Na2.

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