Number of mast cells in small intestine of the experimental groups. Longitudinal sections from jejunum segments were stained with toluidine blue/sodium borate (1%), and the mast cells were counted in the mucosa and submucosa. Data are shown as average ± SD, from two independent experiments (N = 8 mice per group). Statistically significant differences among treatments by the Dunn’s multiple comparison test (p < 0.05) were indicated by different lowercase letters (“a” or “b”) above the error bars. (NC) negative control group; (Bov) mice treated with bovicin HC5; (PC) positive control group.
Paiva et al. BMC Microbiology 2013 13:69 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-69