Amber Masters

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PCR targeting the 5' end of IS 900 has been considered specific for identification of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and is frequently applied to confirm the presence of this organism in the diagnosis of Johne's disease. IS 900 PCR has also been applied to studies of the aetiology of Crohn's disease. Mycobacterium spp. isolated from the faeces(More)
Three isolates of a previously undescribed Dermatophilus sp. obtained from chelonids (two strains obtained from turtles and one strain obtained from a tortoise) were compared with 30 Dermatophilus congolensis isolates obtained from Australian mammals. The microscopic appearance, the colony morphology, and most biochemical test results for the chelonid(More)
Recent vaccination studies with Dermatophilus congolensis showed that variation of challenge strains had a considerable influence on protection afforded by the vaccines. In this study cultural, morphological and biochemical properties of 30 D. congolensis isolates from throughout Australian were investigated. The infective dose required to produce lesions(More)
Recent studies indicate that a newly described bacterial endosymbiont, Cardinium, is widespread in arthropods and induces different reproductive manipulations in hosts. In this study, we used a portion of the 16S rRNA gene of the Cardinium to screen 16 Opilionid species from the suborder Palptores. We found the incidence of Cardinium in these Opiliones was(More)
Interactions between Dermatophilus congolensis strains and with other bacteria of known haemolytic activities were used to elucidate the complex nature of haemolytic activities present in various D. congolensis strains. This was further analysed by measuring their specific phospholipase activities against defined substrates by thin layer chromatography. D.(More)
Southern blots prepared with DNA from 20 Merino lambs that previously had chronic dermatophilosis (chronic) and 20 lambs that previously had mild dermatophilosis lesions (resistant) were hybridised with DNA sequences of the genes for the T-cell receptor-beta (TCR beta), a TCR-associated peptide 'cluster designation 3 gamma chain' (CD3 gamma) and ovine Major(More)
DNA samples extracted from a bovine brain, one blood and one buffy coat sample from three cattle with malignant catarrhal fever, and from 47 samples of pooled sheep sera, were amplified by nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using primers specific for ovine herpes virus 2 (OHV-2). Confirmation of the specificity of the amplified DNA segment by(More)
Merino ewes lambs from a flock expected to have a high prevalence of dermatophilosis were examined for lesions at marking, weaning and prior to first shearing. Blood was collected at marking and prior to shearing to enable quantification of T6-lymphocyte antigen levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBM) using monoclonal antibody SBU-T6 20-27. A(More)