Limitations of an in vitro model of the poultry digestive tract on the evaluation of the catalytic performance of phytases
BACKGROUND: The study aims to investigate the limitation of a poultry digestive tract model developed by Menezes-Blackburn et al.1 on the evaluation of the bioefficacy of phytases. RESULTS: It was confirmed that the in vitro model does not mimic the in vivo situation in the birds sufficiently well to identify the best phytase product under real conditions, or to draw conclusion on the effect of phytate concentration, phytate source or feed composition on the bioefficacy of phytase. Addition of Ca2+ up to a concentration of 10 g kg-1 to the feed substrate, for example, did not affect enzymatic phytate dephosphorylation in the in vitro model in contrast to the observation in poultry. CONCLUSION: The in vitro approach was shown to be applicable as a complementary tool in the pre-selection of promising phytase candidates, resulting in a reduction in the number of feeding trials in the initial screening phase. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.