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Class B CpG ODN stimulation upregulates expression of TLR21 and IFN-ϒ in chicken Harderian gland cells

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
Issue number3-4
Early online date6 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2014


This study aimed to evaluate the response of Harderian gland (HG) cells after in vitro stimulation with class B synthetic oligodeoxyribonucleotides (ODN) containing CpG motifs. This knowledge is of importance for the development of mucosal vaccines for poultry, such as eye-drop or spray vaccines, to determine if class B CpG ODN can act as an vaccine adjuvant or as a prophylactic treatment mainly against respiratory disease viruses. The relative expression of Toll-like receptor 21 (TLR21), interferon (IFN)-γ, interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-10 genes were quantified at 1, 3, 6 and 18 h post-stimulation of HG cells from 5-week-old birds. In addition, it was also investigated if expression of these genes was affected by the age of the birds (differences between 5- and 12-week-old birds), concentrations of ODN or cell preparation method used. Class B CpG ODN induced upregulation of TLR21 and IFN-γ mRNA expression levels at 1 h post-stimulation depending on concentration of ODN used but only in HG cells isolated from young birds.

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  • Chicken, CpG ODN, Harderian gland, Interleukins, TLR

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