The Hidden Dangers of Lipopolysaccharides

10 June 2016, at 6:00am

Lipopolysaccharides pose a serious and often overlooked risk to pigs. Several tips can help limit their negative impacts, writes Diego Padoan DVM, BIOMIN Swine Technical Sales Manager EMA.

Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) constitute up to 75% of the structure of the cell wall of Gram-negative bacteria, being present at average 2x106 molecules of LPS/bacterial cell. LPS are a prerequisite for bacterial viability; they serve as a potential barrier toward antimicrobials at the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria.

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