Humoral immunity in Japanese quail following surgical bursectomy at various ages.


Four separate experiments were conducted to determine the effects of surgical bursectomy (BSX) at periodic intervals on subsequent antibody production in Japanese quail. At 0, 1, 3, 7, and 28 days of age, BSX resulted in graduated increments in humoral immune responsiveness. Quail BSX at 0 and 1 day of age exhibited significantly reduced primary… (More)