Survival of Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and preservation of immunoglobulin G in bovine colostrum under experimental conditions simulating pasteurization

Mireille Meylan From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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D. Michael Rings From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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William P. Shulaw From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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Joseph J. Kowalski From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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Steen Bech-Nielsen From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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Glen F. Hoffsis From the Departments of Veterinary Sciences (Meylan, Rings, Kowalski, Hoffsis) and Veterinary Preventive Medicine (Shulaw, Bech-Nielsen), College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210-1089.

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Abstract

Objective

To determine whether Mycobacterium paratuberculosis could survive in colostrum after pasteurization. Additionally, this study investigated the effect pasteurization had on IgG concentration in colostrum.

Animals

Colostrum samples were collected from cattle (beef and dairy) owned by the state of Ohio.

Procedure

Colostrum was divided into aliquots and inoculated with variable concentrations of M paratuberculosis (ATCC No. 19698: 104, 103, and 102 colony-forming units/ml). Half the samples at each concentration were subjected to pasteurization temperatures (63 C) for 30 minutes and the remainder were kept at approximately 20 to 23 C. All samples were incubated (Herrold's egg yolk medium with and without mycobactin J) and observed for growth during the next 16 weeks. Additionally, the IgG concentration of colostrum was determined by radioimmunoassay before and after pasteurization. Samples that coagulated at pasteurization temperatures were mechanically resuspended before measurement of IgG concentration.

Results

Growth of M paratuberculosis was retarded but not eliminated by pasteurization. Growth was observed in all unpasteurized samples incubated on Herrold's egg yolk medium with mycobactin J but in only 2 of 18 pasteurized samples similarly cultured. Growth from pasteurized samples appeared 5 to 9 weeks after growth was observed from nonpasteurized samples.

Mean colostral IgG concentration was 44.4 g/L in nonpasteurized samples and 37.2 g/L in pasteurized sample, a decrease of 12.3%. High-quality colostrum (> 48 g of IgG/L) had a significantly greater loss of IgG concentration than did colostrum of lesser quality (P = 0.002).

Conclusions

Pasteurization lessened, but did not eliminate, growth of M paratuberculosis from experimentally inoculated colostrum samples. Pasteurization resulted in a significant decrease in colostral IgG concentration but not to an unmanageable level that would preclude the colostrum's use for passive transfer of immunity.

Clinical Relevance

Colostrum is macrophage rich and may serve as a source of M paratuberculosis infection to calves. Pasteurization of colostrum may lessen the risk of infection, but will not totally eliminate M paratuberculosis. (Am J Vet Res 1996;57:1580–1585)

Abstract

Objective

To determine whether Mycobacterium paratuberculosis could survive in colostrum after pasteurization. Additionally, this study investigated the effect pasteurization had on IgG concentration in colostrum.

Animals

Colostrum samples were collected from cattle (beef and dairy) owned by the state of Ohio.

Procedure

Colostrum was divided into aliquots and inoculated with variable concentrations of M paratuberculosis (ATCC No. 19698: 104, 103, and 102 colony-forming units/ml). Half the samples at each concentration were subjected to pasteurization temperatures (63 C) for 30 minutes and the remainder were kept at approximately 20 to 23 C. All samples were incubated (Herrold's egg yolk medium with and without mycobactin J) and observed for growth during the next 16 weeks. Additionally, the IgG concentration of colostrum was determined by radioimmunoassay before and after pasteurization. Samples that coagulated at pasteurization temperatures were mechanically resuspended before measurement of IgG concentration.

Results

Growth of M paratuberculosis was retarded but not eliminated by pasteurization. Growth was observed in all unpasteurized samples incubated on Herrold's egg yolk medium with mycobactin J but in only 2 of 18 pasteurized samples similarly cultured. Growth from pasteurized samples appeared 5 to 9 weeks after growth was observed from nonpasteurized samples.

Mean colostral IgG concentration was 44.4 g/L in nonpasteurized samples and 37.2 g/L in pasteurized sample, a decrease of 12.3%. High-quality colostrum (> 48 g of IgG/L) had a significantly greater loss of IgG concentration than did colostrum of lesser quality (P = 0.002).

Conclusions

Pasteurization lessened, but did not eliminate, growth of M paratuberculosis from experimentally inoculated colostrum samples. Pasteurization resulted in a significant decrease in colostral IgG concentration but not to an unmanageable level that would preclude the colostrum's use for passive transfer of immunity.

Clinical Relevance

Colostrum is macrophage rich and may serve as a source of M paratuberculosis infection to calves. Pasteurization of colostrum may lessen the risk of infection, but will not totally eliminate M paratuberculosis. (Am J Vet Res 1996;57:1580–1585)

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