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Effect of immunization of channel catfish with inactivated trophonts on serum and cutaneous antibody titers and survival against Ichthyophthirius multifiliis
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Two trials were conducted to determine the effect of immunization of channel catfish with inactivated trophonts on serum and cutaneous antibody titers and survival against Ichthyophthirius multifiliis Fouquet (Ich). In trial I, catfish were immunized intraperitoneally (IP) with: 1) 1% formalin-inactivated trophonts, 2) 3% formalin-inactivated trophonts and 3) freeze-thawed trophonts. Positive and negative control catfish were immunized with live theronts and 5% bovine serum albumin (BSA), respectively. At day 14, 28 and 50 post-immunizations, no statistical difference was noted in serum or cutaneous anti-Ich antibody titers to formalin-inactivated trophonts or freeze-thawed trophonts. The survival of catfish challenged with live theronts ranged from 33.3% to 43.3% for the formalin-inactivated or freeze-thawed trophonts at 50 d post-immunization. The survival of catfish immunized with live theront and BSA was 93.3 and 0%, respectively. In trial II, catfish were IP immunized with sonicated trophonts at doses of 1) 5 trophonts or 10.2 μg protein g-1 fish, 2) 10 trophonts or 20.4 μg protein g-1 fish, 3) 20 trophonts or 40.8 μg protein g-1 fish, and 4) 5% BSA as the control. Fish immunized with 10 or 20 trophonts g-1 fish showed highest serum (1/210 to 1/480) and cutaneous antibody titers (1/48 to 1/52), respectively, at 22 d post-immunization and survival (63.3-60.0%). The fish immunized with 5 trophonts g-1 fish had titers of 1/52 and 1/12 for serum and cutaneous antibody and survival of 23.3%. BSA immunized catfish had background titers and a survival of 6.7%. There was a significant correlation between doses of sonicated trophonts used to immunize and catfish survival (correlation coefficient = 0.859, p < 0.01). These results indicate that doses of sonicated trophonts, but not formalin-inactivated or freeze-thawed trophonts provided both serum and cutaneous antibody responses and survival to live trophont challenge.
Klesius, Phillip H.
Shoemaker, Craig A.
Fish & shellfish immunology 2009 Apr., v. 26, issue 4
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