A preliminary study of possible genetic influences on the susceptibility of sheep to Johne's disease.
LA Reddacliff, K Beh, H McGregor, RJ Whittington
Australian Veterinary Journal | Published : 2005
OBJECTIVE: To investigate possible genetic influences on susceptibility or resistance of sheep to Johne's disease. DESIGN: A field and laboratory study of two fine-wool Merino flocks with a high prevalence of disease due to Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis infection. PROCEDURE: Adult sheep were phenotypically classified as having severe, mild or no disease on the basis of clinical, pathological and cultural tests for paratuberculosis, and as positive or negative in tests for humoral immunity (agar gel immunodiffusion test) or cell mediated immunity (skin test for delayed type hypersensitivity). Correlations with phenotype were sought for polymorphisms at loci within selected immune..View full abstract