Ontogeny of the phagocytic and bactericidal activities of turkey heterophils and their potentiation by Salmonella enteritidis-immune lymphokines.

Abstract

Heterophils, the functional equivalent to the mammalian neutrophil, are important mediators of natural resistance against invasive pathogens in poultry. Young poultry are susceptible to pathogens, such as Salmonella enteritidis, during the first week post-hatch. No studies have evaluated the ontogeny of heterophil function in turkeys during the first few… (More)

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