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Vet Microbiol ; 238: 108429, 2019 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31648721


Viral haemorrhagic disease (VHD) and colibacillosis are common diseases in rabbits that cause economic losses worldwide. The effect of colibacillosis on the immune response of vaccinated rabbits against rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) was studied. Four groups (G1-G4) were included. G1 was the negative control group; G2 was the RHDV vaccine group; G3 was the E. coli-infected group; and G4 was the E. coli-infected + RHDV vaccine group. The E. coli infection and RHDV vaccination were simultaneously performed, with another previous infection, 3 days before vaccination. At 28 days post-vaccination (PV), the rabbits (G2-G4) were challenged intramuscularly with 0.5 ml of RHDV at a dose of 103 50% median lethal dose (LD50)/rabbit. The rabbits were observed for clinical signs, body weight gain and mortality rates. Tissue, blood, serum, and faecal samples and rectal swabs were collected at 3, 5, 7, 14, 21 and 28 days PV. Significant clinical signs and mortality and a decrease in BW were observed in the infected + RHDV vaccine group. On the 3rd day post-infection (PI), compared with all the other groups, the vaccinated group (G2) had significantly upregulated hepatic tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels; however, the infected + RHDV vaccine group had significantly higher intestinal levels of TNF-α and IL-6 than the other groups. Furthermore, E. coli infection in vaccinated rabbits led to immunosuppression, as shown by significant decreases (P < 0.05) in heterophil phagocytic activity, the CD4+/CD8+ ratio, and HI antibody responses to RHDV and a significant increase in the heterophil to lymphocyte (H/L) ratio. In conclusion, colibacillosis leads to immunosuppression involving a shift in the equilibrium of cytokines and reduced weight gain and mortality in vaccinated rabbits and could be a contributing factor in RHDV vaccination failure in rabbit farming.

Infecções por Caliciviridae/veterinária , Infecções por Escherichia coli/veterinária , Coelhos/imunologia , Vacinação/veterinária , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Animais , Infecções por Caliciviridae/imunologia , Infecções por Caliciviridae/mortalidade , Citocinas/genética , Infecções por Escherichia coli/imunologia , Infecções por Escherichia coli/mortalidade , Infecções por Escherichia coli/fisiopatologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/imunologia , Vírus da Doença Hemorrágica de Coelhos/imunologia , Coelhos/microbiologia , Coelhos/virologia , Vacinação/normas
J Transl Med ; 14(1): 275, 2016 Sep 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27659353


BACKGROUND: FEAT is an intracellular protein that potently drives tumorigenesis in vivo. It is only weakly expressed in normal human tissues, including the testis. In contrast, FEAT is aberrantly upregulated in most human cancers. The present study was designed to investigate whether FEAT is applicable to tumor immunotherapy and whether FEAT is discernible in the bloodstream as a molecular biomarker of human cancers. METHODS: Two mouse FEAT peptides with predicted affinities for major histocompatibility complex H-2Kb and H-2Db were injected subcutaneously into C57BL/6 mice before subcutaneous transplantation of isogenic B16-F10 melanoma cells. Intracellular localization of FEAT was determined by immunogold electron microscopy. Immunoprecipitation was performed to determine whether FEAT was present in blood from cancer patients. A sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to measure FEAT concentrations in plasma from 30 cancer patients and eight healthy volunteers. RESULTS: The vaccination experiments demonstrated that FEAT was immunogenic, and that immune responses against FEAT were induced without deleterious side effects in mice. Electron microscopy revealed localization of FEAT in the cytoplasm, mitochondria, and nucleus. Immunoprecipitation identified FEAT in the blood plasma from cancer patients, while FEAT was not detected in plasma exosomes. Plasma FEAT levels were significantly higher in the presence of cancers. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that FEAT is a candidate for applications in early diagnosis and prevention of some cancers.