Photomicrographs of longitudinal sections of large intestine of the experimental groups. Large intestine segments were collected and processed for optical microscopy analysis at the end of the experiment (day 58) (N = 8 mice per group). (NC), negative control group, figures A and B; (Bov) mice treated with bovicin HC5, figure C; (PC) positive control group, figure D. The sections were stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE; figure A) or PAS/Alcian Blue (figures B-D). Abbreviations: EP: simple cuboidal epithelium; LP: lamina propria; MT: mucosal thickness; E: edema; ML: muscle layer. Red arrow head indicates goblet cells. Scale bar = 200 (figure A) or 100 μm (figures B, C and D).
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