Download the full-sized PDF of Application of intravaginal lactic acid bacteria to lower uterine infections and improve reproductive performance of postpartum dairy cowsDownload the full-sized PDF



Permanent link (DOI):


Export to: EndNote  |  Zotero  |  Mendeley


This file is in the following communities:

Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of


This file is in the following collections:

Theses and Dissertations

Application of intravaginal lactic acid bacteria to lower uterine infections and improve reproductive performance of postpartum dairy cows Open Access


Other title
uterine infections
lactic acid bacteria
reproductive performance
dairy cows
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Deng, Qilan
Supervisor and department
Ametaj, Burim N. (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Examining committee member and department
Gӓnzle, Michael G. (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Ametaj, Burim N. (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Uwiera, Richard (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Bobe, Gerd (Department of Animal Sciences, Oregon State University)
Willing, Benjamin (Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science)
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Nutritional Science
Animal Science
Date accepted
Graduation date
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
Transition dairy cows are susceptible to uterine infections due to the compromised immunity around calving and substantial bacterial contamination in the uterus immediately after calving. Cows with uterine infections are at higher odds of developing other periparturient diseases, resulting in lower milk production and impaired fertility. Infertility related to uterine infections has become the main reason for a cow to be culled from the herd. So far, there have been no effective approaches to treat uterine infections. In this study we tested whether intravaginal treatment of transition dairy cows with a mixture of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) can lower the incidence rates of uterine infections, improve the productivity of reproduction and milk yield. The LAB preparation was composed of Lactobacillus sakei and two strains of Pediococcus acidilactici, isolated from vaginal mucus of healthy pregnant dairy cows and infused into the vaginal tract of 100 dairy cows with the cell count of 108 - 109 cfu/dose before or around calving. Results showed that intravaginal infusion of LAB modulated the bacterial composition in the vaginal tract, increased the production of mucosal sIgA, and therefore lowered the incidence rates of metritis and total uterine infections. It also lessened systemic inflammation indicated by the decreased concentration of lipopolysaccharide binding protein and serum amyloid A in the serum. Furthermore, LAB treatment modulated the production of hormones related to reproduction and expedited uterine involution of transitional dairy cows. Cows treated with LAB before calving had a shorter number of days open; whereas cows treated with LAB around calving accelerated ovarian resumption of cyclicity. In addition, application of LAB intravaginally exerted changes to metabolic status, such as a decrease in the concentration of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), and modified milk composition, such as the content of protein and immunoglobulin (Ig) G. More importantly, cows treated with LAB exhibited greater milk production and higher feed efficiency. In conclusion, application of probiotic supplements intravaginally holds promise to lower the incidence of uterine infections, expedite uterine involution, and improve reproductive and productive performance of postpartum dairy cows.
This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
Citation for previous publication

File Details

Date Uploaded
Date Modified
Audit Status
Audits have not yet been run on this file.
File format: pdf (PDF/A)
Mime type: application/pdf
File size: 8004469
Last modified: 2016:06:16 17:15:46-06:00
Filename: Deng_Qilan_201411_PhD.pdf
Original checksum: 2494dc52b3ab6605965eaa7af81ea83f
Activity of users you follow
User Activity Date