Thesis / Dissertation

The effect of tonB deletion on the expression of the genes encoding Shiga toxin, TonB-dependent receptors and fimbriae in the 16001 oedema disease strain of E. coli

Aga Edema Gelgie, Glenn Francis Browning (ed.)

Published : 2018


Oedema disease is caused by Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) and generally affects piglets at one to two weeks after weaning. The stress related to dietary change and loss of lactogenic immunity after weaning are believed to contribute to the onset of the disease. Affected piglets typically have oedematous lesions in multiple organs, including the stomach, colon and eyelids, and also neurological signs, such as ataxia and paralysis. Occasionally, the disease can result in sudden death without any apparent clinical signs. The Shiga toxin and fimbriae are the two key virulence factors and they play an essential role in the pathogenesis of the disease. Multiple attempts have been m..

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