Passive protection of calves with Pasteurella haemolytica antiserum

Derek A. Mosier From the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology (Mosier, Simons) and Clinical Sciences (Vestweber), College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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K. René Simons From the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology (Mosier, Simons) and Clinical Sciences (Vestweber), College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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Jerome G. Vestweber From the Departments of Pathology and Microbiology (Mosier, Simons) and Clinical Sciences (Vestweber), College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

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SUMMARY

Four colostrum-deprived calves each were immunized passively with antisera to whole Pasteurella haemolytica, leukotoxin-containing supernatants of P haemolytica, P haemolytica lipopolysaccharide, or newborn calf serum. Calves were challenge exposed intrabronchially with 5 × 109 P haemolytica, and 24 hours later, the resulting lesions were evaluated. The greatest protection against challenge exposure was provided by the antiserum to whole P haemolytica (lesion score = 6.3), whereas newborn calf serum provided the least protection (lesion score = 28.3). Calves that received antiserum to P haemolytica supernatants were moderately protected (lesion score = 16.3), and the antiserum to lipopolysaccharide provided minimal protection (lesion score = 21.8). Antibodies that were unique to whole P haemolytica antiserum and produced dense bands on immunoblots were detected to antigens at 66, 50, and 30 kd. Antibodies in the supernatant preparation that produced prominent bands reacted to antigens between 100 and 90 kd. Collectively, antibodies to these antigens may be responsible for enhancing resistance to experimentally induced pneumonic pasteurellosis. Antibodies to antigens in P haemolytica lipopolysaccharide provided little to no protection.

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Four colostrum-deprived calves each were immunized passively with antisera to whole Pasteurella haemolytica, leukotoxin-containing supernatants of P haemolytica, P haemolytica lipopolysaccharide, or newborn calf serum. Calves were challenge exposed intrabronchially with 5 × 109 P haemolytica, and 24 hours later, the resulting lesions were evaluated. The greatest protection against challenge exposure was provided by the antiserum to whole P haemolytica (lesion score = 6.3), whereas newborn calf serum provided the least protection (lesion score = 28.3). Calves that received antiserum to P haemolytica supernatants were moderately protected (lesion score = 16.3), and the antiserum to lipopolysaccharide provided minimal protection (lesion score = 21.8). Antibodies that were unique to whole P haemolytica antiserum and produced dense bands on immunoblots were detected to antigens at 66, 50, and 30 kd. Antibodies in the supernatant preparation that produced prominent bands reacted to antigens between 100 and 90 kd. Collectively, antibodies to these antigens may be responsible for enhancing resistance to experimentally induced pneumonic pasteurellosis. Antibodies to antigens in P haemolytica lipopolysaccharide provided little to no protection.

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