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Serum protein changes in immune and nonimmune pigeons infected with various strains of Trichomonas gallinae

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Serum protein changes were studied in immune and nonimmune pigeons infected with three different strains of Trichomonas gallinae. Strain I (nonvirulent) produced no change in the relative concentration of serum components. Strains II (oral canker) and III (Jones' Barn) produced decreases in albumin and alpha globulins, and increases in beta and gamma globulins between the 7th and 20th days post infection. Birds infected with strain II began to return to normal by the 20th day, while all those infected with strain III were dead between 10 and 14 days post infection. Two serum protein patterns resulted from infection of immune birds with the Jones' Barn strain. One showed no change in relative protein concentrations and no tissue invasion by the parasite while the other was similar to that seen in nonimmune birds infected with a strain producing oral canker. These also showed evidence of tissue invasion by the parasite. It was concluded that tissue invasion was necessary to evoke a quantitative change in serum protein concentrations.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Serum protein changes in immune and nonimmune pigeons infected with various strains of Trichomonas gallinae
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
6
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1970
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
43-47
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
First page:
43
Last page:
47
Number of Pages:
5