Ultrastructure of the gastro intestinal tract of healthy Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using light and scanning electron microscopy

Wilkinson, N, Dinev, I, Aspden, W, Hughes, R, Christiansen, I, Chapman, J, Gangadoo, S, Moore, R and Stanley, D 2018, 'Ultrastructure of the gastro intestinal tract of healthy Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using light and scanning electron microscopy', Animal Nutrition, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 378-387.


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Title Ultrastructure of the gastro intestinal tract of healthy Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) using light and scanning electron microscopy
Author(s) Wilkinson, N
Dinev, I
Aspden, W
Hughes, R
Christiansen, I
Chapman, J
Gangadoo, S
Moore, R
Stanley, D
Year 2018
Journal name Animal Nutrition
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 378
End page 387
Total pages 10
Publisher Zhongguo Xumu Shouyi Xuehui
Abstract The Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) are popular both as an alternative protein source and as a model of choice for scientific research in several disciplines. There is limited published information on the histological features of the intestinal tract of Japanese quail. The only comprehensive reference is a book published in 1969. This study aims to fill that niche by providing a reference of general histological features of the Japanese quail, covering all the main sections of the intestinal tract. Both light and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images are presented. Results showed that the Japanese quail intestinal tract is very similar to that of the chicken with the exception of the luminal koilin membrane of the gizzard. Scanning electron microscopic photomicrographs show that in the Japanese quail koilin vertical rods are tightly packed together in a uniform manner making a carpet-like appearance. This differs in chicken where the conformations of vertical rods are arranged in clusters.
Subject Clinical Microbiology
Keyword(s) Coturnix japonica
Gastrointestinal tract
Histology
Japanese quail
Microscopy
Scanning electron microscopy
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.aninu.2018.06.006
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ISSN 2405-6545
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