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A virulent field isolate and 2 vaccine strains of Pasteurella multocida A:3,4 were compared for resistance to phagocytosis by turkey macrophages and heterophils, using in vitro assays. The least virulent vaccine strain (M-9) was phagocytosed to a greater degree than was the field isolate or the other vaccine strain (Clemson University). All 3 bacteria differed significantly from each other in the amount of capsular material present as measured by polycationic ferritin labeling and electron microscopy. Removal of the capsule with hyaluronidase resulted in a significant increase in phagocytosis of the field isolate.

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in American Journal of Veterinary Research