Polyphenol extracts from Punica granatum and Terminalia chebula are anti-inflammatory and increase the survival rate of chickens challenged with Escherichia coli

Biol Pharm Bull. 2014;37(10):1575-82. doi: 10.1248/bpb.b14-00163.


Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) causes inflammation in multiple organs of chickens called avian colibacillosis, and results in serious economic loss to the chicken industry. Polyphenolic compounds possess a wide range of physiological activities that may contribute to their beneficial effects against inflammation-related diseases. In this study, the curative effect and mechanism of action of the polyphenolic extracts from Punica granatum L. and Terminalia chebula Retz. in chickens challenged with APEC were studied. Specific-pathogen-free white Leghorn chickens (males, 21-d old) were challenged with APEC and then given oral administration of extracts of P. granatum and T. chebula. The extracts decreased the morbidity and inflammation induced by APEC. Data from quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that the extracts of P. granatum and T. chebula polyphenols (GCP) reversed the over-expression genes of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2, 4, and 5, down-regulated the activation of nuclear factor-kappa B signal transduction pathways, and inhibited the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Naturally occurring GCP may be a potential alternative medicine for the prevention or treatment of avian colibacillosis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / isolation & purification
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / pharmacology
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Chickens
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / isolation & purification
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / pharmacology
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Escherichia coli / drug effects
  • Escherichia coli Infections / blood
  • Escherichia coli Infections / drug therapy*
  • Escherichia coli Infections / mortality
  • Inflammation Mediators / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Inflammation Mediators / blood
  • Lythraceae*
  • Male
  • Polyphenols / isolation & purification
  • Polyphenols / pharmacology
  • Polyphenols / therapeutic use*
  • Poultry Diseases / blood
  • Poultry Diseases / drug therapy
  • Poultry Diseases / mortality
  • Random Allocation
  • Survival Rate / trends
  • Terminalia*


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Polyphenols