Organic management of Salmonella within the poultry trade: a European perspective


Meat manufacturing manufacturing facility – broiler chickens.

Salmonella stays some of the necessary foodborne bacterial pathogens worldwide, and is ceaselessly linked with the consumption of contaminated poultry meat and eggs. Regardless of some famous successes in decreasing specific serotypes and strains, different serotypes have turn out to be extra problematic. Progress has additionally been pissed off by growing resistance to antimicrobials and biocides.

R.J. Atterbury – College of Veterinary Medication and Science, College of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington, UK

Organic management utilizing bacteriophages or predatory micro organism is an alternate strategy to Salmonella management in poultry which has been efficient in laboratory, experimental and/or area trial settings. The European Union is at present contemplating authorizing the primary phage-based industrial product for the therapy of Salmonella in poultry. Questions stay concerning the regulation and industrial standing of such merchandise, in addition to their long-term efficacy; however their means to particularly goal multidrug resistant micro organism could present a brand new manner of decreasing our reliance on antimicrobials and reduce the burden of illness in each animals and people sooner or later.

Salmonellosis stays some of the frequent food-borne zoonoses, constituting a worldwide main public well being concern. Though Salmonella may be acquired from a spread of meals, poultry meat and eggs stay distinguished (Antunes et al., 2016). Human salmonellosis circumstances within the US are estimated at 1.35 million per 12 months (Facilities for Illness Management, 2019). Likewise, circumstances within the UK and EU haven’t modified considerably over the previous decade.
Success in controlling some Salmonella serotypes (e.g. Enteritidis) in poultry via vaccination and biocontrol have been punctuated by failure to manage different serotypes. A latest instance of this was an outbreak of Salmonella Infantis in the USA in 2018, affecting 32 states (Facilities for Illness Management, 2019). Within the EU, Salmonella Infantis is now the 4th most typical serotype from human infections, and probably the most frequent serotype in broilers flocks (45.6 %) and broiler meat (50.6 %) in Europe (Alba et al., 2020). Extra worryingly, multidrug-resistant isolates have gotten more and more widespread in Europe, significantly these which have acquired a pESI megaplasmid encoding resistance to a number of lessons of antibiotics in addition to virulence genes and enhanced tolerance of heavy metals and biocides (Tyson et al., 2021).
One different strategy to Salmonella management is using organic management brokers; both viruses which particularly infect Salmonella – bacteriophages – or use of predatory micro organism similar to Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus. In a latest assessment of alternate options to antibiotics, funded by the Wellcome Belief and UK Division of Well being, bacteriophage-based remedies comprised three of the ten Tier 1 (most promising) new applied sciences (Czaplewski et al., 2016). Though much less developed, Bdellovibrio has been used efficiently to manage an infection in a number of animal fashions of illness, together with the therapy of Salmonella in poultry (Atterbury et al., 2011).
Organic management has distinctive benefits over antimicrobials. These brokers are each self-replicating and self-limiting – reproducing solely when inclined micro organism are current. Not like broad-spectrum antibiotics, they aim a particular genus, species or pressure of bacterium, avoiding potential dangerous dysbiosis within the affected person. Likewise, a number of research have discovered that Bdellovibrio can prey upon multidrug resistant pathogens in biofilms (Atterbury and Tyson, 2021; Solar et al., 2017). As well as, Bdellovibrio can survive for as much as 24 h inside eukaryotic cells with out hostile results, suggesting that it could possibly be utilized to manage pathogens with an intracellular element to their lifecycle, together with Salmonella (Atterbury and Tyson, 2021).

Candidate therapeutic bacteriophage are normally remoted from an atmosphere the place their bacterial hosts are considerable. Within the case of Salmonella, that is typically poultry feces, wastewater or human sewage. As soon as purified, these phages are screened towards a big panel of goal serotypes and strains which must be chosen to mirror the variety of pathogens affecting the inhabitants. Phages that infect a broad vary of micro organism, both individually or together (cocktail) are normally chosen for genome sequencing and evaluation. This step permits the identification of undesirable phage e.g. temperate phage which don’t underdo a direct and predictable lytic an infection cycle. It additionally identifies phage carrying undesirable genes similar to these related to virulence. Extra detailed in vitro characterization of the phage could also be carried out in parallel, similar to figuring out the burst dimension and replication kinetics of an infection. For promising candidates, the precise phage receptor(s) on the host bacterium could also be recognized, together with an evaluation of how ceaselessly resistance to phage happens.
More and more, bioinformatics is getting used to facilitate the characterization and choice of phage. There are instruments accessible to foretell the taxonomy, DNA packaging mechanisms (Garneau et al., 2017), lifecycle (McNair et al., 2012), receptor specificity and host vary (Zhang et al., 2017) of candidate phage. As soon as a phage is characterised, on-line instruments can be utilized to check it with others uploaded to the database which can be helpful for cross-validation (Rangel-Pineros et al., 2021). Additional confirmatory exams can then be carried out within the laboratory, for instance to ascertain the phage receptors predicted in silico. Thereafter, the phage candidates may be examined for efficacy in easy animal fashions similar to Galleria mellonella and their stability in industrial preparations earlier than taking ahead to experimental and area trials in poultry.
Bdellovibrio, like phage, is most frequently remoted from environments the place their prey are considerable. That is typically in aquatic environments or sewage. Not like most bacteriophage, Bdellovibrio targets a number of genera of Gram-negative pathogens, and resistance to predation is uncommon and transient (Marine et al., 2020). There may be proof that Bdellovibrio or like organisms are current within the intestinal tracts of a spread of animal species, together with poultry (Schwudke et al., 2001). Nevertheless, these micro organism have been troublesome to isolate and exploit instantly. Bdellovibrio are metabolically lively and chemotactic in direction of their prey. As such, not like phage they aren’t reliant on passive diffusion to unfold via a bacterial inhabitants. Nevertheless, it additionally means the choices accessible for therapeutic supply are extra restricted than with phage and industrial preparations could also be more difficult.

Salmonella is ceaselessly a goal of organic management trials owing each to its significance as a human pathogen and as a trigger of serious illness and manufacturing losses in livestock. Most effort has been directed in direction of controlling necessary non-host-restricted serotypes of Salmonella, similar to Enteritidis and Typhimurium that are extra important from a regulatory perspective within the EU and elsewhere.
Cocktails of lytic phage have been used to cut back intestinal carriage of Salmonella by between 1 and three.5 log10 CFU/g (Atterbury et al., 2007; Sklar and Joerger, 2007). These reductions had been typically accompanied by marked enchancment or elimination of scientific indicators of illness (Sklar and Joerger, 2007). Phage remedy has been mixed with seeder fashions of an infection to show how efficient phage may be in stopping horizontal an infection of chicks by Salmonella. Lim et al. (2012) confirmed that therapy with as much as 109 PFU/g of phage in feed might cut back intestinal colonization by as much as 1 log10 CFU/g, whereas 70% of the contact chickens had no detectable Salmonella Enteritidis colonization. Henriques et al. (2013) considerably lowered the unfold of Salmonella Enteritidis in chicks by treating fertilized eggs with a cocktail of two phages. Medical indicators of illness on the finish of the eight-day research weren’t considerably completely different from the management group.
Extra just lately, two research have examined the influence of making use of therapeutic phage on the rooster microbiome. Kosznik-Kwaśnicka et al. (2022) discovered that each phage and antibiotics (enrofloxacin and colostin) had been all in a position to cut back Salmonella to beneath detectable ranges in contaminated chickens. Nevertheless, antibiotic use was related to important and extended adjustments within the microbiome whereas the consequences of phage had been transient and normalized a number of weeks after therapy. Equally, Clavijo et al. (2022) used a proprietary Salmonella phage product in a industrial broiler farm to evaluate the impact on the intestine microbiome. No important results of phage on the maturation of the microbiome had been detected.
Bdellovibrio has been remoted beforehand from the intestinal tracts of chickens in addition to people and different vertebrates (Schwudke et al., 2001). Atterbury et al. (2011) used Bdellovibrio to deal with chickens experimentally contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. Vital reductions of over 1 log10 CFU/g had been recorded within the ceca of handled birds in contrast with buffer-treated controls. Bdellovibrio-treated birds additionally had considerably fewer cecal abnormalities in contrast with each untreated controls and birds handled with a non-predatory Bdellovibrio mutant. Curiously, in vitro experiments utilizing each phage and Bdellovibrio confirmed that the mix of each virus and predator was in a position to get rid of pathogen populations rather more successfully than both used independently (Hobley et al., 2020)

Bacteriophages have been proven to considerably cut back the intestinal carriage of a number of serotypes of Salmonella in broiler and layer chickens. These reductions had been ceaselessly accompanied by enhancements in scientific manifestations of illness (lowered perihepatitis, pericarditis, typhlitis) in addition to feed conversion ratios. Though phage-resistant variants of Salmonella have been recorded, these phenotypes are sometimes transient, and related to lowered health in animal fashions of an infection. Resistance to Bdellovibrio alternatively is extraordinarily uncommon, and solely conferred by the presence of an intact S-layer which is metabolically costly to keep up. Curiously, when Bdellovibrio and bacteriophage are utilized in mixture, they will act synergistically for a higher discount within the goal pathogen with out the event of resistance.
Regardless of their promise, there stay some technical, industrial and regulatory hurdles which should be overcome earlier than bacteriophages and Bdellovibrio could possibly be used extra extensively within the UK/EU. These brokers don’t match simply inside present regulatory frameworks which had been designed for outlined chemotherapeutics. Likewise, the power to guard mental property referring to naturally-occurring organic entities is an open query. Regardless of these obstacles, industrial phage merchandise concentrating on food-borne pathogens can be found in the USA and the EU is in superior discussions to authorize the primary bacteriophage therapy for livestock within the bloc. Given the urgent want to manage multidrug-resistant infections, and the decreasing efficacy and availability of antibiotics to deal with them, organic management brokers similar to Bdellovibrio and bacteriophage provide a possible answer.

References can be found on request
From the Proceedings of the Australian Poultry Science Symposium 2023


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