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Mucosal immune responses in the trachea after chronic infection with Mycoplasma gallisepticum in unvaccinated and vaccinated mature chickens

Sathya N Kulappu Arachchige, Nadeeka K Wawegama, Mauricio JC Coppo, Habtamu B Derseh, Paola K Vaz, Anna Kanci Condello, Oluwadamilola S Omotainse, Amir H Noormohammadi, Glenn F Browning



Tracheitis associated with the chronic respiratory disease in chickens caused by Mycoplasma gallisepticum is marked by infiltration of leukocytes into the mucosa. Although cytokines/chemokines are known to play a key role in the recruitment, differentiation, and proliferation of leukocytes, those that are produced and secreted into the trachea during the chronic stages of infection with M. gallisepticum have not been described previously. In this study, the levels of transcription in the trachea of genes encoding a panel of 13 cytokines/chemokines were quantified after experimental infection with the M. gallisepticum wild-type strain Ap3AS in unvaccinated chickens and chickens vaccinated 40-..

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