A seemingly bizarre paper. Though very interesting.
Seems that BUT turkeys are simply one fast growing strain of turkey that is widely raised for meat in Europe.
J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2013 Dec 9. doi: 10.1111/jpn.12150. [Epub ahead of print]
Accidental finding of Hashimoto-like thyroiditis in male B.U.T. 6 turkeys at slaughter.
Plesch P, Schade B, Breithaupt A, Bellof G, Kienzle E.
Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Freising, Germany.
In the context of a study on the tolerance of rapeseed meal in B.U.T. 6 turkeys, thyroid glands were histologically and immunohistochemically examined because of potential thyreostatic effects. In all groups including the controls with no rapeseed meal in their food, there was a high incidence of lymphocytic infiltration and thyroiditis (14% of thyroids with moderate to severe lymphocytic thyroiditis). Thirty per cent of mononuclear inflammatory cells were immunohistochemically identified as T cells. There were occasional accumulations of PAX-5 labelled cells, indicating germinal centre development. These lesions resemble Hashimoto's disease in humans. The effect on thyroid function is unknown. Mild hypothyreosis might enhance productivity but also explain dispositions towards diseases seen in context with thyroid dysfunction such as skin diseases (foot pad disease?) and cardiovascular problems. Further studies on thyroid function in these turkeys are needed.
auto-immune thyreoiditis, turkeys
PMID: 24313909 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]