Tjeerd G. Kimman

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) continues to be a threat for the pig industry. Vaccines have been developed, but these failed to provide sustainable disease control, in particular against genetically unrelated strains. Here we give an overview of current knowledge and gaps in our knowledge that may be relevant for the development(More)
A prospective epidemiological survey on bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) infections in calves was carried out on 21 dairy farms during one BRSV epidemic season. Special attention was paid to the role of maternal antibodies. On 15 farms the spread of the virus was demonstrated during the investigation period and on eight farms this was accompanied(More)
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for the detection of immunoglobulin M (IgM), IgA, IgG1, and IgG2 antibodies against bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) were used to measure antibody responses of calves after experimental or natural infection with BRSV. Serially collected sera, lung lavage samples, nasal and eye secretions, and feces were tested for(More)
BACKGROUND Dutch people born between 1925 and 1945 were ineligible for vaccination with the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) introduced in 1957 and may have escaped natural infection because of reduced poliovirus circulation. We examined whether people with low or undetectable antibody levels are susceptible to infection and whether memory immunity(More)
BACKGROUND Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common cause of severe lower respiratory tract infection in infants. Only a proportion of children infected with RSV require hospitalization. Because known risk factors for severe disease, such as premature birth, cannot fully explain differences in disease severity, genetic factors have been implicated. (More)
The susceptibility to and the severity of Bordetella pertussis infections in infants and children varies widely, suggesting that genetic differences between individuals influence the course of infection. We have previously identified three novel loci that influence the severity of whooping cough by using recombinant congenic strains of mice: Bordetella(More)
We studied the conditions under which calves can be primed for mucosal and serum antibody memory responses against bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), and the relationship between such responses and protection against the virus. Calves were primed via the respiratory tract with a low or high amount of live virus, with killed virus, or intramuscularly(More)
Although reduction in transmission of an agent in the host population is an important goal of many vaccinations, suitable experimental methods to measure transmission have been lacking. Therefore, we designed and tested an animal experiment to quantify transmission among vaccinated and unvaccinated animals. We used Aujeszky's disease virus (ADV) in pigs,(More)
This paper describes the development and evaluation of a new nested reverse transcription (RT)-PCR for the detection of rhinovirus in clinical samples. The nucleotide sequences of the 5' noncoding regions of 39 rhinoviruses were determined in order to map the most conserved subregions. We designed a set of rhinovirus-specific primers and probes directed to(More)
To identify gene expression responses common to multiple pulmonary diseases we collected microarray data for acute lung inflammation models from 12 studies and used these in a meta-analysis. The data used include exposures to air pollutants; bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections; and allergic asthma models. Hierarchical clustering revealed a cluster of(More)