Anti-parasitic effects of plant secondary metabolites on swine nematodes

A.R. Williams, Miguel Angel Pena-Espinoza, Christos Fryganas, H.M. Ropiak, Aina Ramsay, I. Mueller-Harvey, S. M. Thamsborg

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    Organic production presents challenges to animal health and productivity. In organic pig production, animals must have access to outdoor pastures which increases exposure to gastrointestinal parasites. Moreover, the routine use of synthetic anti-parasitic drugs is not allowed. Thus, novel parasite-control options are required. We present results from a comprehensive in vitro screen of plant secondary metabolites (PSM) from diverse plant sources on the economically important pig parasites Ascaris chlamydiae and Oesophagostomum dentatum . We focused on two PSM classes commonly found in natural diets – condensed tannins (CT) and sesquiterpene lactones (SL). Different CT-types were purified from various plant sources to reflect their diversity; SL were purified from forage chicory. These PSM were tested in inhibition assays of worm motility and migratory ability. CT had potent activity against A. suum , with substantial inhibition of migration of in vitro hatched larvae (EC 50 values ranging from 40 to 120 μg/ml). In contrast, migratory ability of O. dentatum larvae was not significantly affected. However, the motility of adult O. dentatum was reduced after in vitro incubation with CT. The purified chicory extract showed potent inhibition of A. suum larval migration (EC50 value of 42 μg/ml) and was also active against larval and adult stages of O. dentatum. Electron microscopy demonstrated significant structural damage to the cuticle and digestive tissues in nematodes exposed to PSM. Plants rich in PSM such as CT and SL show promise as natural anthelmintics against two highly prevalent swine parasites. Experiments to determine in vivo efficacy and mechanisms of nematocidal action are on-going.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event65th Annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 25 Aug 201429 Aug 2014


    Conference65th Annual meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science

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