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A survey of sweet itch in horses in Israel based on a questionnaire to owners reported that 158 of 723 horses (21.8 per cent) had sweet itch lesions. The results indicated that the likelihood of a horse acquiring sweet itch decreased with increasing altitude but no definite association with rainfall zones was evident. Variation in the density of the horse(More)
Groups of healthy, virus-infected and leukaemic cattle were injected with synthetic multichain poly(Tyr, Glu)-poly(Ala)--poly(Lys) in order to predetermine responsiveness to vaccine-induced immunity. Immunospecific purification of antibodies, precipitin reactions and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) tests were carried out on sera collected at(More)
Soluble antigens from Besnoitia besnoiti cell culture-grown endozoites, obtained either by hypotonic lysis or by freeze-thawing and ultrasonication (FTS) of the organisms, were detected by the agar gel immunodiffusion method. Each antigenic preparation yielded 1-4 precipitin lines when reacted with the corresponding rabbit hyperimmune serum, while no(More)
Soluble antigens from culture-grown Besnoitia besnoiti endozoites were identified following their partial purification by affinity chromatography. A specific eluate obtained after affinity chromatography on a column to which antibodies from serum of a naturally infected cow were bound exhibited seven polypeptide bands on sodium dodecylsulfate polyacrylamide(More)
Specific precipitable antibodies of both IgG and IgM classes were detected in sera of cattle naturally infected with B. besnoiti. The amount of specific antibodies of the IgG class precipitated by soluble antigen was in the range of 17-50 micrograms/ml serum while that of the IgM class ranged between 5 and 24 micrograms/ml serum. Specific antibodies(More)
The feline leukemia virus (FeLV) frequently causes death by predisposing the host to acute infections by other pathogens rather than by inducing leukemia. In a previous study, cats infected with FeLV were found to have prolonged homograft rejection responses but there was no evidence that the humoral immune response was impaired. In the present study, the(More)