Serological response in rabbits to Listeria monocytogenes after oral or intragastric inoculation

Maria Belén López, Victor Briones, Jose Francisco Fernández-Garayzábal, Jose A Vazquez-Boland, Jose Antonio Garcia, Maria del Mar Blanco, Guillermo Suarez, Lucas Dominguez

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Abstract

The serological response in rabbits against Listeria monocytogenes after oral or intragastric inoculation was investigated. Both the number of sero-positive animals and the average serum titres were higher in animals inoculated by the oral route. This difference was especially marked in rabbits inoculated with the lower dose (1 x 10(3) colony-forming units (cfu)), which developed a strong serological response (average serum titre of 1280 after 4 inoculations) in most of the inoculated animals (80%), without any clinical signs. The implication of these results in the epidemiology of listeriosis is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-4
Number of pages4
JournalFEMS Immunology and Medical Microbiology
Volume7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1993

Keywords

  • Administration, Oral
  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Bacterial/blood
  • Female
  • Listeria monocytogenes/immunology
  • Rabbits
  • Stomach/microbiology

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