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New Research Identifies Potential Biomarkers for Footpad Dermatitis Development

05 April 2016
Novus International

GLOBAL - Identification of biomarkers could provide footpad dermatitis prevention strategies

Footpad dermatitis (FPD) is a type of skin inflammation which causes necrotic lesions on the plantar surface of the footpads in commercial poultry, with significant animal welfare and economic implications. Balancing the risk of FPD is difficult, and careful management of environmental factors and nutrition are necessary to reduce the risk. Factors that contribute to footpad problems can include wet litter conditions and exposure to toxins.

In a recent research study entitled “Identification of Biomarkers for Footpad Dermatitis Development and Wound Healing,” published in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, researchers from Novus International Inc. and the University of Arkansas developed a model to induce high-incidence of moderate footpad lesions in order to identify biomarkers for footpad lesion development and wound healing.

The identification of biomarkers for footpad lesion development and wound healing is helpful for understanding the pathology and etiology of FPD. These biomarkers may also be helpful for developing strategies to intervene or prevent the development of footpad lesions, as well as promoting the wound-healing process.

“With this research we now know specific mechanisms involved in the process of wound healing. This also pinpoints where to look for nutritional strategies to directly impact these mechanisms to improve the help of footpads in birds” commented Jeffery Escobar, Executive Manager of Physiology Research at Novus.

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