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establishment of neospora caninum antigen-specific t cell lines of primarily cd4 t cells.neosporosis is an important cause of pregnancy loss in cattle worldwide. protective immunity against neospora caninum infection may include both cell-mediated (cmi) and humoral immune responses. this study was to establish short-term antigen-specific t cell lines composed of primarily cd4(+)t cells from peripheral blood lymphocytes (pbl) of infected cows, which may be used to identify immunodominant antigens for the development of n. caninum vaccines. crude n. caninum tachyzoite antigen was prep ...200415491474
evaluation of vaccination with neospora caninum protein for prevention of fetal loss associated with experimentally induced neosporosis in evaluate the immunologic response of a killed tachyzoite vaccine against neospora caninum and its effectiveness in preventing fetal loss associated with experimentally induced neosporosis in sheep.200415524328
transplacental transmission and abortion in cows administered neospora caninum oocysts.neospora caninum infection is a common cause of bovine abortion. one method by which cattle can acquire infection is through ingestion of oocysts; however, this has not yet been proved to cause transplacental infection or abortion. in this study, 19 cows, pregnant between 70 and 176 days, were administered 1500 to 115,000 oocysts through an esophageal tube. seventeen of the cows became seropositive, indicating acquisition of infection, whereas 8 negative control cows remained seronegative (p < 0 ...200415715235
evaluation of a pcr based on primers to nc5 gene for the detection of neospora caninum in brain tissues of bovine aborted fetuses. 200415563105
detection of the protozoan neospora caninum using in situ polymerase chain reaction.a new method to detect the protozoan neospora caninum using indirect in situ polymerase chain reaction (pcr) is described. in situ pcr combines the advantages of the extraordinarily high sensitivity and specificity of pcr and the in situ representation of immunohistochemical methods. we describe an indirect in situ pcr, whereby the amplified products were detected using a primed in situ (prins) reaction with hapten-labeled nucleotides and visualized using fluorochrome-labeled antibodies. this te ...200415513712
cross-reactivities with cryptosporidium spp. by chicken monoclonal antibodies that recognize avian eimeria a previous study, we have developed several chicken monoclonal antibodies (mabs) against eimeria acervulina (ea) in order to identify potential ligand molecules of eimeria. one of these mabs, 6d-12-g10, was found to recognize a conoid antigen of ea sporozoites and significantly inhibited the sporozoite invasions of host t lymphocytes in vitro. furthermore, some of these chicken mabs showed cross-reactivities with several different avian eimeria spp. and the mab 6d-12-g10 also demonstrated cro ...200415725532
incidence of abortion and association with putative causes in dairy herds in new estimate the distribution and causes of abortion in dairy herds across new zealand during the 2001/2002 breeding season.200415768103
isolation and molecular characterisation of neospora caninum in cattle in new isolate neospora caninum from the brains of naturally infected cattle and use molecular techniques to characterise the isolates.200415768137
monoclonal antibodies preventing invasion of neospora caninum tachyzoites into host cells.twelve monoclonal antibodies (mabs) against neospora caninum tachyzoites were produced to specify the antigens related to the invasion of tachyzoites into host cells. in the assay to evaluate the inhibition activity, all these mabs prevented the cultured vero cells from the invading by the tachyzoites. these mabs recognized approximately a 73 kda antigen in western blot analysis. immunofluorescence assay and immune electron microscopy revealed that this 73 kda antigen is a part of the surface an ...200415585948
[isolation, identification and in vitro cultivation of neospora caninum (protozoa)]. 200416862816
comparative analysis of stress agents in a simplified in vitro system of neospora caninum bradyzoite production.neospora caninum is an apicomplexan parasite identified as a major cause of abortion in cattle and neurological disease in various animal species. it is closely related to toxoplasma gondii, sharing the ability to persist indefinitely in latent stage within the host as a tissue cyst containing slow-dividing bradyzoites. in this study, we compared different stress methods to induce in vitro bradyzoite conversion, using marc-145 cells infected with nc-liverpool isolate. the tachyzoite-to-bradyzoit ...200415270086
characterization of pathology and parasite load in outbred and inbred mouse models of chronic neospora caninum, we analyzed histological findings and parasite burden in chronic neospora caninum infection in balb/c and icr mice and studied the correlation between lesion severity and parasite load in brain. to obtain a better understanding of the infection, we examined the influence of various host pathogen factors. groups of outbred (icr) and inbred (balb/c) mice were inoculated using several nc-1 parasite doses (4 x 10(5), 10(6), and 5 x 10(6) tachyzoites), inoculation routes (intraperitoneal and su ...200415270102
localization of a 56-kda antigen that is present in multiple developmental stages of neospora caninum.the purpose of the present study was to characterize the intracellular distribution of a native neospora caninum 56-kda protein that is recognized by sera from n. caninum-infected dairy cattle. the complementary dna coding for this protein was expressed in escherichia coli as a polyhis fusion protein to which antiserum was prepared and used to localize the antigen in n. caninum tachyzoites and bradyzoites. by sodium dodecylsulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunoblotting, antirecomb ...200415270121
the role of b- and t-cell immunity in toltrazuril-treated c57bl/6 wt, micromt and nude mice experimentally infected with neospora caninum.neospora caninum is a protozoan parasite predominantly known for causing abortion in cattle and neuromuscular disease in dogs. so far, no efficient metaphylactic chemotherapy has been developed. in preliminary studies, toltrazuril had been successfully used against experimental neosporosis in mice and calves. in the present study, we used immunocompetent and immunodeficient mouse strains to address the role of immunity in supporting the chemotherapy of experimental n. caninum infection. wt, micr ...200415290254
variation of the internal transcribed spacer 1 sequence within individual strains and among different strains of neospora caninum.small differences have been reported in the internal transcribed spacer 1 (its1) region among strains of neospora caninum. we compared its1 sequences among 6 n. caninum strains analyzed in our laboratory, including 2 strains that have not been examined previously (nc-illinois and nc-bahia). five sequences showed 100% similarity and also were identical to 7 of 11 sequences that were previously reported by others. in contrast, initial attempts to sequence the its1 of nc-bahia generated 12 nucleoti ...200415040677
an outbreak of abortion in a dairy herd associated with neospora caninum and bovine pestivirus infection. 200415088970
vertical transmission of neospora caninum in balb/c mice in both acute and chronic examine the frequency of congenital infection by neospora caninum, balb/c mice were inoculated intraperitoneally with tachyzoites of n. caninum either during pregnancy (group 1) or 4 weeks or more before pregnancy (group 2). further, the mice inoculated during pregnancy were bred at 4 weeks or more after delivery to form group 3. congenital transmission was observed in 76% of the neonates of the mice in group 1 and in 50% of the neonates of the mice in group 2. interestingly, congenital trans ...200415135873
identification and characterization of serine proteinase inhibitors from neospora caninum.two cdna clones obtained from the neospora caninum expressed sequence tag project were selected by their homology with the toxoplasma gondii serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin) gene, tgpi-1 and tgpi-2. one of them, named ncpi-h, showed several premature stop codons. the other cdna, named ncpi-s, encoded a 79 amino acid protein containing a putative signal peptide and only one non-classical kazal domain. two other n. caninum est sequences (ncest1 and ncest2) and one from eimeria tenella (etpi-s) ...200415138071
neospora caninum expresses an unusual single-domain kazal protease inhibitor that is discharged into the parasitophorous vacuole.serine protease inhibitors have been implicated in viral and parasite pathogenesis through their ability to inhibit apoptosis, provide protection against digestive enzymes in the gut and dictate host range specificity. two kazal family serine protease inhibitors from the obligate intracellular parasite toxoplasma gondii (tgpi-1 and tgpi-2) have been characterised previously. here, we describe the identification and initial characterisation of a novel kazal inhibitor, ncpi-s, from a closely relat ...200415111091
the cell-mediated immune response to neospora caninum during pregnancy in the mouse is associated with a bias towards production of interleukin-4.neospora caninum is an obligate intracellular protozoan parasite which is efficiently transmitted transplacentally in cattle where it may cause abortion. a pregnant mouse model was used to characterise the immune response following n. caninum infection; the response in non-pregnant and pregnant mice was compared. spleen cells from both infected/non-pregnant and infected/pregnant mice produced interferon-gamma, interleukin-12 and tumour necrosis factor alpha; however, the levels of these th1 cyto ...200415111094
comparison and standardisation of serological methods for the diagnosis of neospora caninum infection in bovines.various existing serological tests were compared with a standard panel of 523 sera in a multicentred study across europe. well characterised sera from animals that were experimentally or naturally infected with neospora caninum as well as sera from cattle deemed uninfected with n. caninum were provided by the participants of the study and analysed in several commercial (chekit dr. bommeli/intervet, civtest bovis neospora hipra, cypress diagnostics c.v., herd check idexx, mastazyme mast diagnosti ...200415019139
adaptation of a commercial elisa for the detection of antibodies against neospora caninum in bovine milk.the aim of the present study was to determine whether a commercially available elisa could be used to examine bovine milk for antibodies against neospora caninum. in an initial titration experiment, a milk dilution of 1:2 was found optimal to obtain milk results that were linearly correlated to those obtained with corresponding sera. this dilution was then used to examine 791 milk samples from n. caninum infected herds in the commercial elisa. milk results of individual animals were compared wit ...200415019143
seroepidemiology of neosporosis in dairy cattle in uruguay.a seroepidemiological survey of neospora caninum was done in a dairy farm in uruguay employing indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat). sera from 217 cattle (155 cows, 31 heifers and 31 calves) were tested for n. caninum antibodies in july 2000 and it was found that abortions were significantly associated with the seropositivity of the cows by chi(2)-test (p = 0.025). the cows with an ifat titre of 1:3200 were at a significantly higher risk of abortion than seronegative cows (p = 0.0013). neos ...200415019151
an abortion storm in cattle associated with neosporosis in abortion storm associated with acute neosporosis involving 18 cattle was observed in a dairy farm in taiwan. aborted fetus age ranged from 3 to 8 months. of the 38 cattle in that farm examined during the abortion storm, 52.6% (20/38), 13.2% (5/38) and 10.5% (4/38) contained both igg and igm, only igg and only igm antibodies to neospora caninum, respectively. no antibody to n. caninum was detected prior to the abortion storm. follow-up study conducted a year later showed that 23 out of 28 catt ...200415133282
the vertical transmission following the reactivation of a neospora caninum chronic infection does not seem to be due to an alteration of the systemic immune response in pregnant cba/ca mice.the factors responsible for the reactivation of a neospora caninum latent infection are unknown, but it is postulated that the maternal immune response could be altered during pregnancy. the immune response was investigated in n. caninum chronically infected mice during successive pregnancies as well as in non-pregnant infected mice and mice infected when pregnant. vertical transmission was demonstrated in chronically infected mice after the first pregnancy but the rate of foetal infection fell ...200415030002
apiest-db: analyzing clustered est data of the apicomplexan parasites.apiest-db ( provides integrated access to publicly available est data from protozoan parasites in the phylum apicomplexa. the database currently incorporates a total of nearly 100,000 ests from several parasite species of clinical and/or veterinary interest, including eimeria tenella, neospora caninum, plasmodium falciparum, sarcocystis neurona and toxoplasma gondii. to facilitate analysis of these data, est sequences were clustered and assembled to for ...200414681425
effect of bovine viral diarrhea virus infection on fertility of dairy heifers.a prospective field study in heifers from birth to first breeding was undertaken on two commercial dairies to assess the effect of bovine viral diarrhea virus (bvdv) congenital and post-natal infection (pni) on fertility. a high bvdv type 2 antibody titer (1:4096) at 10 months of age was associated with 32 more days to conceive, compared with a low titer (1:128). conversely, infection with bvdv by 5-6 months of age and high bvdv type 2 titers 1 month before conception or breeding was associated ...200415036997
coyotes (canis latrans) are definitive hosts of neospora caninum.four captive-raised coyote pups consumed tissues from neospora caninum-infected calves. faeces were examined from 4 days before to 28 days after infection. one pup shed n. caninum-like oocysts, which tested positive for n. caninum and negative for hammondia heydorni using pcr tests. coyotes are the second discovered definitive host of n. caninum, after dogs. in north america, the expanding coyote ranges and population increase the probability of contact with domestic livestock. to reduce the ris ...200415037103
neospora caninum seroprevalence in dairy cattle in central thailand.the seroprevalence, in dairy cattle, of antibodies to neospora caninum, the relationship between seropositivity and age (heifer versus cow), the relationship of herd infection with herd size and the relationship of herd infection with the presence of dogs on the farm were studied. the study involved 549 cows and 82 dogs in 59 dairy herds in nakhon pathom, thailand. a competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (celisa) with nc-specific monoclonal antibody was used to detect the nc antibodies i ...200415135865
economic considerations for diagnostic and control options for neospora caninum-induced abortions in endemically infected herds of beef compare economic outcome for herds not exposed to neospora caninum with that for herds with various seroprevalences of n caninum infection and evaluate 3 control strategies.200415154728
the use of pcr to detect neospora caninum dna in the blood of naturally infected cows.twelve 2-year old heifers in their fifth month of gestation when pregnancy tested were used in this study. six heifers aborted at approximately 4 months of gestation and had blood samples drawn less than 6 weeks after the abortions were identified. blood samples were also drawn from three sero-positive pregnant and three sero-negative pregnant heifers. dna was isolated from the samples and a 350 bp fragment of the nc-5 gene was pcr amplified using primer pair np21+ and np6+. also, the internal t ...200415262009
identification and characterization of a neospora caninum microneme-associated protein (ncmic4) that exhibits unique lactose-binding properties.microneme proteins have been shown to play an important role in the early phase of host cell adhesion, by mediating the contact between the parasite and host cell surface receptors. in this study we have identified and characterized a lectin-like protein of neospora caninum tachyzoites which was purified by alpha-lactose-agarose affinity chromatography. upon separation by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, this lactose-binding protein migrated at 70 and 55 kda under reduc ...200415271941
cloning, expression, and characterization of iron-containing superoxide dismutase from neospora caninum.a gene encoding superoxide dismutase (sod) from neospora caninum, a causative agent of neosporosis, has been cloned and its gene product functionally expressed and characterized. the gene had an open reading frame of 606 bp and deduced 201 amino acids. sequence analysis showed that the gene had conserved metal-binding residues and conserved amino acid residues that were found in fe-sods. comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence of the enzyme with previously reported fe-sod amino acid sequen ...200415165050
structure analysis of two toxoplasma gondii and neospora caninum satellite dna families and evolution of their common monomeric sequence.a family of repetitive dna elements of approximately 350 bp-sat350-that are members of toxoplasma gondii satellite dna was further analyzed. sequence analysis identified at least three distinct repeat types within this family, called types a, b, and c. b repeats were divided into the subtypes b1 and b2. a search for internal repetitions within this family permitted the identification of conserved regions and the design of pcr primers that amplify almost all these repetitive elements. these prime ...200415170259
two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and immunoblot analysis of neospora caninum tachyzoites.identification of expressed protein profiles and antigenic determination are some of the most challenging aspects of proteomics. two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-de) combined with immunoblot analysis were employed to study the n. caninum proteome. protein sample preparation was carried out by first conducting sonication, followed by adding lysis buffer containing 7m urea plus 2m thiourea to the purified tachyzoites in order to complete disruption. a total of 335 differentially expressed pr ...200415192341
agreement between three serological tests for neospora caninum in beef cattle.during 1999, serum samples were collected from beef cows on pastures in western canada. some of the herds had a history of confirmed abortions associated with neospora caninum infection. all these samples were initially analyzed using a single application of 1 common commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) for antibodies to n. caninum. from these initial results, 239 positive and 250 negative samples were randomly selected for further testing. this group of samples was retested usin ...200415305742
hammondia heydorni: evidence of genetic diversity among isolates from dogs.canine isolates of hammondia heydorni from argentina, brazil, and the united states were analysed for genetic diversity. a total of 14 isolates were tested for their ability to produce amplification using three pcr assays, one targeting the common toxoplasmatiid its-1 region and 2 amplifying novel, h. heydorni-specific loci, hhap7 and hhap10. while the its-1 fragments could be amplified from all isolates, only six isolates were capable of amplifying the fragments from the novel loci. the pcr pro ...200415208039
inclusion of cpg adjuvant with plasmid dna coding for ncgra7 improves protection against congenital neosporosis.the present study showed that incorporation of cpg adjuvant into plasmid dna coding for ncgra7 antigen resulted in a twofold increase in the level of protection against congenital transfer of neospora caninum. the level of protection was considerably higher than that observed in pups born from dams immunized with nonrecombinant plasmid.200414977994
maternal and fetal immune responses of cattle inoculated with neospora caninum at mid-gestation.the humoral and cell-mediated immune responses of pregnant cattle and their fetuses were examined at intervals after infection with neospora caninum tachyzoites at mid-gestation (day 140). all cattle seroconverted and interferon gamma was detected in supernatants of peripheral blood mononuclear cells stimulated with specific antigen. at day 14 post-inoculation (pi), specific cell proliferation responses were detected in the lymph node draining the site of inoculation and in the uterine lymph nod ...200415003463
survival, immune responses and tissue cyst production in outbred (swiss white) and inbred (cba/ca) strains of mice experimentally infected with neospora caninum tachyzoites.the present work compared inbred (cba/ca) and outbred (swiss white) strains of mice for their capacity to cope with a neospora caninum infection and to consistently produce tissue cysts. in each experiment swiss white and cba/ca mice were given three different doses of nc-1 tachyzoites. lymphoproliferative and humoral responses as well as cytokine production were evaluated eight weeks after infection (pi) whereas tissue cyst production and histopathology were assessed 4, 6 and 10 weeks pi in imm ...200415099498
neospora caninum infection does not affect early pregnancy in dairy cattle.this study was designed to evaluate the relationship between neospora caninum infection prior to pregnancy, as determined through maternal serology, and the subsequent occurrence of abortion in dairy cattle. special emphasis was placed on pregnancy losses in the first trimester of pregnancy. neospora caninum antibodies were analyzed by commercial elisa in 2773 pregnant animals (2022 parous cows and 751 heifers) from six herds. the mean seroprevalence of antibodies to n. caninum in the herds was ...200415226015
seroprevalence of neospora spp. in asymptomatic horses in hundred and fifty horses from italy were tested for serum antibodies to neospora caninum by indirect fluorescence antibody test (ifat). antibodies were present in 42 horses (28%). the positive titres were: 1:50 (16/150-10.5%), 1:100 (26/150-17%), 1:200 (8/150-5.3%) and 1:800 (1/150-0.6%). no neurological anomalies were observed in the seropositive horses. this is the first serologic survey for neospora spp. antibodies performed on horses born and raised in italy.200415265566
comparison of three techniques for the serological diagnosis of neospora caninum in the dog and their use for epidemiological enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) was developed in our laboratory and used to determine the seroprevalence of neospora caninum in three different dog populations in belgium: healthy dogs from cattle farms and urban dogs with or without various neurological disorders. the test was validated and compared with two other tests: an indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat) and a commercially available competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (c-elisa). the study showed a good correlat ...200415265568
prevalence of anti-neospora caninum antibodies in dogs from urban, periurban and rural areas of the city of uberlândia, minas brazil there are few reports on the prevalence of anti-neospora caninum antibodies in dogs from urban, periurban and rural areas. serum samples from 450 dogs, 300 from urban, 58 from periurban and 92 from rural areas, were tested for the detection of anti-n. caninum igg antibodies using ifat: indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat, > or =50). antibodies were observed in 63 (14%) of the 450 serum samples analyzed, with 32 (10.7%) in dogs coming from the urban area, 11 (18.9%) from the periur ...200415265569
placental pathology associated with fetal death in cattle inoculated with neospora caninum by two different routes in early pregnancy.pregnant cattle were inoculated with n. caninum strain nc-1 tachyzoites intravenously (iv) (group 1, n = 8) or subcutaneously (sc) (group 2, n = 8) at 70 days' gestation. control animals (group 3; n = 8) received uninfected vero cells iv. two animals from each group were killed at 14, 28, 42 and 56 days post-inoculation (dpi). fetal mortality was 100% and 50%, respectively, in groups 1 and 2 from 28 dpi. in group 1 foci of degenerative fetal placental villi were observed at 14 dpi, with clusters ...200415276854
occasional detection of neospora caninum dna in frozen extended semen from naturally infected bulls.recently, the presence of neospora caninum dna in semen from naturally infected bulls was reported. in the present work, the presence and quantification of n. caninum by pcr techniques in frozen extended semen straws from naturally infected bulls was investigated. a total of 20 seropositive and five seronegative bulls raised for reproductive purposes in an ai centre were used. ten extended semen straws from each bull obtained at different time-points during the previous 2 years were selected for ...200415325558
udder health in dairy cattle infected with neospora caninum.blood samples were collected from 3449 cows on 57 representative ontario dairy herds during the summer of 1998 and analysed for antibody to neospora caninum using an elisa. forty-eight herds (2742 cattle) contained at least one n. caninum-seropositive animal. two composite milk samples were collected from all cattle: the first on the day of blood collection and the second 68 to 365 days later. all milk samples were submitted for bacteriological culture. ontario dairy herd improvement corporation ...200415325765
prevalence of neospora caninum antibodies and factors associated with their presence in dairy cattle of the north of paraná state, determine the prevalence of neospora caninum antibodies and associated factors, blood sera from 623 female dairy cattle from 23 farms in the north of the state of paraná, brazil, were analyzed by means of the indirect immunofluorescent-antibody test (ifat > or = 25). serum samples from 134 dogs living on the same farms also were tested for n. caninum antibodies (ifat > or = 50), and the presence of dogs was associated with the prevalence of n. caninum antibodies in cattle. the overall seropre ...200415350656
neospora caninum infection in breeder bulls: seroprevalence and comparison of serological methods used for investigate the seroprevalence of neospora caninum infection in breeder bulls. in addition, the level of agreement of serological methods used was evaluated.200415350658
serological prevalence of neospora caninum in healthy and aborted dairy cattle in mashhad, iran.a total of 810 dairy cattle were blood sampled and used to evaluate serological screening for neospora caninum infection in dairy cattle herds in mashhad (khorasan province, iran). in 4 herds, of the 810 cattle, 123 (15.18%) were seropositive by ifa test (vmrd inc., pullman, wa 99163, usa) with titer 1:200 and range of prevalence per herd from 9.92 to 19.60%. seroprevalence was not significantly different between holstein breed (14.88%) and brown swiss breed (19.60%). comparison of n. caninum se ...200415381300
infection by neospora caninum associated with bovine herpesvirus 1 and bovine viral diarrhea virus in cattle from minas gerais state, brazil.neospora caninum is a canine parasite which is considered a significant cause of bovine abortion. two cattle herd groups were serologically studied with the objective of studying the prevalence of infection by n. caninum associated with bhv1 and bvdv infections. in group i, 15 dairy herds (476 samples) naturally infected by the three infectious agents were analyzed,. in group ii, three dairy herds (100 samples) of cows vaccinated for two viruses were analyzed, in order to determine the infection ...200414746970
investigations into shaking mink syndrome: an encephalomyelitis of unknown cause in farmed mink (mustela vison) kits in apparently novel neurological disease clinically characterized by shaking, tremors, seizures, staggering gait, and ataxia was first observed in farmed mink kits in denmark in 2000 and subsequently in sweden, denmark, and finland in 2001, and again in denmark in 2002. lymphoplasmacytic encephalomyelitis was found in the affected kits. the lesions were most severe in the brainstem and cerebellum and consisted of neuronal degeneration and necrosis, neuronophagia, focal and diffuse gliosis, periv ...200415305741
sero-epidemiological survey of neospora caninum infection in dogs in north-eastern italy.risk factors associated with neospora caninum seroprevalence in north-eastern italy in healthy dogs were assessed. antibodies to n. caninum were found in 10.9% of 707 kennel and owned dogs by a commercial competitive elisa (vmrd inc.). all dogs were negative for leishmania infantum by indirect fluorescent antibody test indicating no cross reactivity or association between the two protozoa in this area. seroprevalence association with breed and age of dogs and other factors are discussed.200415325040
analysis of risk factors associated with seropositivity to neospora caninum in dogs. 200415200075
effect of a killed whole neospora caninum tachyzoite vaccine on the crude abortion rate of costa rican dairy cows under field conditions.a standard field trial was carried out to assess the effect of a commercial neospora-vaccine based on whole killed tachyzoites (bovilis-neoguard, intervet) on the abortion rate. eight hundred and seventy-six cows, over 2.5 months pregnant, belonging to 25 costa rican dairy herds, were used in the analysis. for each cow vaccinated, a cow of the same herd, breed and age category, was selected as control. the period of administration of treatments extended from june to november of 2000. the treatme ...200415325041
prevalence of anti-toxoplasma gondii and anti-neospora caninum antibodies in ovine from são paulo state, brazil.serum samples from 597 sheep from são paulo state, in the southeastern region of brazil, were tested to determine the prevalence of antibodies directed against toxoplasma gondii (> or = 1:64) and neospora caninum (> or = 1:50) using the indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat). the animals were divided into three groups based on their age: < or = 1 year, 1-4 years, and > or = 4 years. antibodies to t. gondii were observed in 34.7% of the samples with titers ranging from 64 to 16,384 and igg ant ...200415325042
anti-protozoal efficacy of high performance liquid chromatography fractions of torilis japonica and sophora flavescens extracts on neospora caninum and toxoplasma gondii.we previously reported that alcoholic extracts of sophora flavescens and torilis japonica from south korea demonstrated good efficacy in reducing replication of toxoplasma gondii and neospora caninum. to characterize the chemical component associated with anti-protozoal activity, specific fractions were isolated by high performance liquid chromatography (hplc) and used for in vitro testing. these fractions were evaluated in vitro against t. gondii and n. caninum. fractions of the herb extracts w ...200415482896
detection of neospora caninum in an aborted goat italy neospora caninum has been reported in cattle, in buffaloes and in dogs. no data are available about the infection in sheep and goats. in this paper, the authors report the detection of protozoan cysts, identified as n. caninum by pcr, in the brain of an aborted goat foetus.200415325053
identification of antigenic proteins from neospora caninum recognized by bovine immunoglobulins m, e, a and g using immunoproteomics.antigenic proteins of neospora caninum (n. caninum) against bovine immunoglobulins m, e, a, and g were investigated by using immunoproteomics. proteins of n. caninum (kba-2) tachyzoite lysates separated by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis were transferred to polyvinylidene difluoride (pvdf) membranes, probed with different bovine immunoglobulin class and classified. antigenic spots recognized were also identified by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight-mass spectrometry ...200415449377
detection of antibodies to neospora caninum in two species of wild canids, lycalopex gymnocercus and cerdocyon thous from brazil.domestic dog (canis domesticus) and the coyote (canis latrans) are the only known definitive hosts for the protozoan neospora caninum that causes abortion in dairy cattle. in the present study, antibodies to n. caninum were sought in three species of wild canids, cerdocyon thous, lycalopex gymnocercus and dusicyon vetulus from brazil. antibodies to n. caninum were assayed by the indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat) and the neospora agglutination test (nat). n. caninum antibodies were found ...200415325054
genetic susceptibility to neospora caninum infection in holstein cattle in ontario.neospora caninum has been reported to be an important cause of endemic fetal loss and occasional abortion epidemics in cattle around the world. this study examined 12,016 sera collected from 9723 holstein cows on 125 herds across ontario in 1998, 1999, and 2000. an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to examine the sera for antibodies to n. caninum. the overall prevalence of n. caninum antibodies in the cattle was 11.2% and the prevalence in individual herds varied from 0 to 70.4%. among ...200415483182
meningoencephalomyelitis caused by neospora caninum in a juvenile fallow deer (dama dama).neosporosis, caused by the protozoan parasite neospora caninum, is a serious cause of bovine abortion, stillbirth and perinatal death. this paper reports a clinical neosporosis in a 3-week-old fallow deer (dama dama). the fawn was full term and appeared normal at birth. histological lesions consisted of a multifocal necrotizing and granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis, with intralesional protozoal cysts. positive immunohistochemical staining and characteristic pcr products confirmed the diagno ...200415485563
potential risk factors for bovine neospora caninum infection in germany are not under the control of the the german state of rhineland-palatinate, herds were identified that were likely to have a neospora caninum sero-prevalence > or = 10% by using a bulk milk elisa. individual herd data were obtained by a questionnaire. univariate logistic regression showed that bulk milk positive farms had a significantly higher chance to report an increased abortion rate than negative farms (p(wald)<0.1). the chance to have a bulk milk positive herd increased with the minimum number of years a farm had report ...200415471005
canine inflammatory myopathies: a clinicopathologic review of 200 cases.a retrospective study was performed on 200 randomly selected cases of inflammatory myopathy in dogs from diagnostic muscle biopsies received at the comparative neuromuscular laboratory, university of california, san diego. the most common clinical signs in dogs diagnosed with an inflammatory myopathy were generalized weakness, stilted gait, dysphagia, masticatory or generalized muscle atrophy, inability to open the jaw, megaesophagus, and dysphonia. myalgia was rarely described. age of onset ran ...200415515585
first isolation of neospora caninum from an aborted bovine fetus in spain.neospora caninum was isolated from the brain of a 6-mo-old aborted bovine fetus from galicia, spain. the fetal brain homogenate was inoculated intraperitoneally into cortisonized mice. the peritoneal exudate from the infected mice, along with mouse sarcoma cells (tg180), was inoculated into a second group of mice, and parasites were harvested from the peritoneal exudate. the parasites were adapted to in vitro growth in vero monolayers. the tachyzoites from the peritoneal exudate reacted positive ...200415357083
first report of neospora caninum infection in adult alpacas (vicugna pacos) and llamas (lama glama).neospora caninum is a cyst-forming coccidian that mainly affects bovines, although neospora infection has also been described in other domestic and wild ruminant species. serum samples from 78 alpacas (vicugna pacos) and 73 llamas (lama glama) at a unique dilution of 1:50 tested by indirect fluorescent antibody test (ifat) were further analyzed serologically by ifat and western blot in both ruminant species to avoid cross-reactions with closely related coccidian parasites and to confirm the exis ...200415357084
recognition patterns of neospora caninum tachyzoite antigens by bovine igg at different ifat titres.this study describes qualitative and quantitative antibody response in cows naturally infected with neospora caninum. the study was carried out with 269 serum samples obtained from 24 cows over a period of 15 weeks. prior to sample collection, the cows were tested with elisa. the 269 samples were screened with ifat and categorized into seven ifat titre groups (< 1 : 80, 1 : 80, 1 : 200, 1 : 600, 1 : 1000, 1 : 2000, > 1 : 2000). the samples were finally analysed by western blotting. seven immunod ...200415367295
transmission of neospora caninum between wild and domestic determine whether deer can transmit neospora caninum, brains of naturally infected white-tailed deer (odocoileus virginianus) were fed to 4 dogs; 2 of these dogs shed oocysts. oocysts from 1 of the dogs were tested by polymerase chain reaction and found to be positive for n. caninum and negative for hammondia heydorni. the internal transcribed spacer 1 sequence of the new strain (designated nc-deer1) was identical to n. caninum from domestic animals, indicating that n. caninum is transmitted ...200415715229
biologic, morphologic, and molecular characterisation of neospora caninum isolates from littermate dogs.isolation and biologic and molecular attributes of neospora caninum from three littermate dogs are described. tissue cysts were confined to the brain and striated muscles. n. caninum was isolated (isolates nc-6, nc-7, and nc-8) in rodents and cell culture that had been inoculated with brain tissue from the dogs. schizont-like stages reactive with n. caninum antibodies were seen in cell cultures seeded with bradyzoites released from percoll-isolated n. caninum tissue cysts from the brain of one d ...200415380687
shedding of neospora caninum oocysts by dogs fed tissues from naturally infected water buffaloes (bubalus bubalis) from brazil.attempts were made to isolate neospora caninum from naturally infected water buffaloes (bubalus bubalis) from brazil. brains from six buffaloes with indirect fluorescent antibodies (>1:100) to n. caninum were used to isolate the parasite by bioassay in dogs and gerbils followed by in vitro culture. shedding of neospora-like oocysts was noticed in dogs fed brains from three buffaloes (isolate designation ncbrbuf-1, 2 and 4). two more isolates (ncbrbuf-3 and 5) were obtained by in vitro culture of ...200415381294
tissue culture and explant approaches to studying and visualizing neospora caninum and its interactions with the host cell.neospora caninum is an apicomplexan parasite first mentioned in 1984 as a causative agent of neuromuscular disease in dogs. it is closely related to toxoplasma gondii and hammondia heydorni, and its subsequent description in 1988 has been, and still is, accompanied by discussions on the true phylogenetical status of the genus neospora. n. caninum exhibits features that clearly distinguish this parasite from other members of the apicomplexa, including distinct ultrastructural properties, genetic ...200415525434
neospora-associated abortion episode over a 1-year period in a dairy herd in north-east spain.this report describes a retrospective study based on serological screening, performed on a neospora-associated abortion episode over a 12-month period in a dairy herd in north-east spain. during the 1-year study period, the overall abortion rate for the herd was 23.2% (38 abortions of 164 diagnosed pregnancies). the data analysed were those derived from blood samples collected from the whole herd (n = 237) and from diagnosed pregnancies. antibodies to neospora caninum were found in 35.4% of the ...200415525363
antibodies to neospora caninum in the blood of european bison (bison bonasus bonasus l.) living in poland.the prevalence of antibodies to neospora caninum was examined in european bison (bison bonasus bonasus l.) living in free and fenced areas in poland. sera of 320 european bison, different ages and sexes, from breeding areas in poland were tested for n. caninum antibodies using elisa test. positive antibody responses were found in 23 bison (prevalence 7.3%). additionally, all positive sera were tested by western blot to verify the elisa results. the western blot results confirmed the presence of ...200415725547
elaboration of a crude antigen elisa for serodiagnosis of caprine neosporosis: validation of the test by detection of neospora caninum-specific antibodies in goats from sri lanka.the protozoan parasite n. caninum is a major pathogen in cattle and dogs. however, clinical symptoms are occasionally described for other potential hosts. natural abortion in goats due to n. caninum has been rarely reported and only little data is available on the seroprevalence of n. caninum in this species. in the present study, 486 goats from sri lanka were tested in a crude antigen elisa for the presence of serum antibodies against n. caninum. additionally, the sera were analysed by n. canin ...200415567589
isolation of neospora caninum from a calf in order to attempt isolate the protozoan parasite neospora caninum, an n. caninum seropositive pregnant sahiwal friesian cross heifer from a large-scale dairy farm in malaysia was kept for observation until parturition at the veterinary research institute, ipoh. the heifer gave birth to a female calf that was weak, underweight and unable to rise. precolostral serum from the calf had an n. caninum indirect fluorescent antibody test titre of 1:3200. it died 12 h after birth and necropsy was perfo ...200415567590
cross-sectional survey in pig breeding farms in hesse, germany: seroprevalence and risk factors of infections with toxoplasma gondii, sarcocystis spp. and neospora caninum in sows.a cross-sectional survey was performed to estimate the prevalences of antibodies to toxoplasma gondii (elisa, ifat), sarcocystis spp. (elisa, using s. miescheriana as antigen) and neospora caninum (elisa, immunoblotting) in sows from breeding farms in southern hesse, germany. a total of 2041 plasma samples of sows from 94 randomly selected farms was examined. data on farm profiles, husbandry management and sows were collected by a questionnaire and exploratively analysed. for t. gondii the elisa ...200415567591
in vitro induction of neospora caninum bradyzoites in vero cells reveals differential antigen expression, localization, and host-cell recognition of tachyzoites and bradyzoites.we report on an optimized method for the in vitro culture of tissue cyst-forming neospora caninum bradyzoites in vero cells and the separation of viable parasites from host cells. treatment of tachyzoite-infected vero cell cultures with 17 microm sodium nitroprusside for 8 days severely scaled down parasite proliferation, led to reduced expression of tachyzoite surface antigens, and induced the expression of the bradyzoite marker ncbag1 and the cyst wall antigen recognized by the monoclonal anti ...200414688139
determination of the seroprevalence of neospora caninum in feedlot steers in alberta.a study was conducted in alberta to determine the seroprevalence of neospora caninum in feedlot calves purchased from various auction markets throughout western canada. four feedlots (1 feedlot from each of the airdrie and high river areas and 2 feedlots from the strathmore area) were selected for sampling. at each feedlot, a random 10% sample of feedlot steer and bull calves entering the feedlot from september 2001 to december 2001 were enrolled in the study until there were a maximum of 500 an ...200415072193
effects of toltrazuril and ponazuril on hammondia heydorni (syn. neospora caninum) infections in mice.mice infected with tachyzoites of neospora caninum (syn.: hammondia heydorni) must be pretreated with cortisone in order to show disease symptoms. this indicates the status of an opportunistic agent of disease. toltrazuril was an effective curative agent.200414963771
effects of toltrazuril and ponazuril on the fine structure and multiplication of tachyzoites of the nc-1 strain of neospora caninum (a synonym of hammondia heydorni) in cell cultures.rhesus monkey kidney cell cultures were used to propagate tachyzoites of the nc-1 strain of neospora caninum (syn. hammondia heydorni). the infected cell cultures were incubated for 4-12 h in media containing 0, 1, 10 or 100 microg/ml of either toltrazuril or ponazuril. the effects were studied by light and electron microscopy. drug dosages of at least 30 microg/ml were needed to eliminate the parasites. ponazuril was found (with respect to the reduction of the number of parasites) to be less ef ...200414963772
gerbil model of acute neosporosis.experimental infections with the nc-1 strain of neospora caninum were conducted in gerbils (meriones unguiculatus) to determine their acute responses to experimental intraperitoneal infection. five groups of five female gerbils were used and they were intraperitoneally infected with 1x10(6), 2x10(6), 3x10(6), 4x10(6) or 5x10(6) tachyzoites. gerbils in all groups developed clinical signs of neosporosis which consisted of inactivity 4-5 days post-inoculation. morbidity and mortality were observed ...200515631903
[red fox (vulpes vulpes) as reservoir of parasites and source of zoonosis].red fox (vulpes vulpes) as reservoir of parasites and source of zoonosis. this review presents data from europe and poland on the prevalence of helminth and protozoan parasites in red foxes (vulpes vulpes). the most common nematodes were geohelminths: uncinaria stenocephala, toxocara canis and toxocara leonina. as concerning trichinella genus t. britovi was found more often than t. spiralis. among tapeworms the following species were recorded: mesocestoides lineatus, taenia sp., and echinococcus ...200516838621
antibodies against toxoplasma gondii in the pacific bottlenose dolphin (tursiops aduncus) from the solomon islands.serum samples from 58 pacific bottlenose dolphins (tursiops aduncus) from the solomon islands were tested for the igg antibody to toxoplasma gondii by the latex agglutination test (lat), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa), and immunoblotting. the elisa cut-off value was taken as od > or = 0.276, and the final dilution ratio, recognized as positive, was represented by the end titer. in 25 of 58 samples, no antibody activity was detected by lat and elisa. in 8 of 58 samples, anti-t. gondii ...200517089778
[survey of neospora caninum in cattle in some provinces in the eastern anatolian region.]this study was carried out in order to investigate the presence of neospora caninum in cattle in the elaziğ, malatya, muş and bingöl provinces from january 2003- may 2004. blood samples were collected from 513 cattle and 32 aborting cows that were of various breeds and ages in all provinces. sera were obtained from these animals and antibodies against n. caninum were investigated using the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa). a commercially available competitive elisa (celisa) kit (vmrd, i ...200517167738
neospora caninum infection in a free-ranging raccoon (procyon lotor) with concurrent canine distemper virus infection.during a canine distemper virus (cdv) outbreak in raccoons (procyon lotor) from cook county, illinois, a juvenile female suffering from seizures was killed and necropsied. gross and histologic findings of necrotizing encephalitis and proliferative bronchopneumonia were attributed to cdv infection and considered the cause of clinical signs. a section of cerebellum stained immunohistochemically for neospora caninum revealed an approximately 40 microm diameter, round to oval cyst with a 2- to 3-mic ...200517089776
feline cutaneous toxoplasmosis: a case report.a 9-year-old female, domestic short hair cat was presented with sudden onset of polyuria/polydipsia, and hundreds of cutaneous nodules. prior to referral, the cat had had four skin nodules that were treated with steroids. the four skin nodules then multiplied to form more than 100 ulcerated and nonulcerated nodules located all over the trunk. clinical evaluation revealed hypothermia and respiratory distress. cytology from both skin nodules and bronchoalveolar lavage showed macrophages and small ...200515842545
occurrence of anti-neospora caninum antibodies in brazilian cervids kept in captivity.neospora caninum is a coccidian parasite that causes disease in captive and domesticated animals and has been found in wild animals such as cervids. sera from 150 cervids of the genus mazama, were collected from 31 captive herds and 16 zoos from different brazilian regions and analyzed by indirect fluorescent antibody test for anti-n. caninum antibodies. positive reactions were found in 42% (63) of the samples and the titers varied from 50 to 51,200. of the 86 cervids from the captive herds, 38 ...200515845290
general strategies for efficient adjuvant incorporation of recombinant subunit immunogens.we have previously reported strategies for escherichia coli production of recombinant immunogens fused to hydrophobic peptides or lipid tags to improve their capacity to be incorporated into an adjuvant formulation, e.g., immunostimulating complexes (iscoms). recently, we also explored the strong interaction between biotin and streptavidin to achieve iscom association of recombinant immunogens. plasmodium falciparum,toxoplasma gondii and neospora caninum antigens have served as model immunogens ...200515755622
global protein expression analysis in apicomplexan parasites: current status.members of the phylum apicomplexa are important protozoan parasites that cause some of the most serious, and in some cases, deadly diseases in humans and animals. they include species from the genus plasmodium, toxoplasma, eimeria, neospora, cryptosporidium, babesia and theileria. the medical, veterinary and economic impact of these pathogens on a global scale is enormous. although chemo- and immuno-prophylactic strategies are available to control some of these parasites, they are inadequate. cu ...200515759314
seroprevalence of antibodies against bovine leukemia virus, bovine viral diarrhea virus, mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, and neospora caninum in dairy cattle in saskatchewan.blood was drawn from 1530 dairy cows in 51 herds. for antibodies against bovine leukemia virus, mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, and neospora caninum, 37.4%, 2.7%, and 5.6% of cows were test positive, respectively, while 29.2% of herds had unvaccinated animals with > or = 1:64 for bovine viral diarrhea virus.200515759829
a review of neospora caninum in dairy and beef cattle--a canadian perspective.neospora caninum is one of the most important causes of abortion in cows. the occurrence of n. caninum infection in beef and dairy cattle has been reported worldwide, and in most provinces in canada. the objective of this review is to summarize our current understanding of n. caninum in dairy and beef cattle for canadian bovine practitioners. the review covers the life cycle of the agent, its mechanisms of transmission, clinical signs, and tests for diagnosing the infection. data on the prevalen ...200515884645
protective efficacy of vaccination with neospora caninum multiple recombinant antigens against experimental neospora caninum infection.protective efficacy of vaccination with neospora caninum multiple recombinant antigens against n. caninum infection was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. two major immunodominant surface antigens (ncsag1 and ncsrs2) and two dense granule proteins (ncdg1 and ncdg2) of n. caninum tachyzoites were expressed in e. coli, respectively. an in vitro neutralization assay using polyclonal antisera raised against each recombinant antigen showed inhibitory effects on the invasion of n. caninum tachyzoites int ...200515793355
[first documentation of a neospora-induced "abortion storm" (exogenous transplacental transmission of neospora caninum) in a swiss dairy farm].in a swiss dairy farm (canton of geneva) consisting of 73 animals 8 abortions were observed within 2 weeks. serological and molecular biological analyses (pcr) on aborting dams, and abortion materials, respectively, revealed that the protozoan parasite neospora caninum was the causative agent. besides the 8 aborting animals, 12 other non-aborting heifers were found to be serologically positive for this parasite. all positive sera were further tested in an avidity-elisa to elucidate the recency o ...200515801622
neospora caninum: quantification of dna in the blood of naturally infected aborted and pregnant cows using real-time pcr.this study quantified neospora caninum dna in the blood and brain of pregnant and aborted heifers by monitoring pcr product formation in real-time using sybr green i, a double-stranded dna-binding dye. primers were designed to amplify a 188 bp product specific to n. caninum from the nc-5 gene fragment of n. caninum. similarly, a 71 bp product was amplified from the 28s rrna gene of bovine genomic dna that served as a control. agarose gel electrophoresis and analysis of the melting curve for pcr ...200515804378
immune responses during pregnancy in heifers naturally infected with neospora caninum with and without immunization.this study was designed to identify changes in parasite-specific immune responses that occur during vertical transmission of neospora caninum and can be used as indicators of parasite reactivation in naturally infected heifers. ten heifers were unimmunized and 11 immunized with killed tachyzoites. one unimmunized heifer, which aborted at week 19 of gestation, had an increase in parasite-specific antibodies, mainly igg(2), from week 15 to week 19 and a concomitant decline in parasite-specific cel ...200515841416
autofluorescence of toxoplasma gondii and neospora caninum cysts in vitro.autofluorescence of toxoplasma gondii and neospora caninum was studied by fluorescence microscopy during their differentiation from tachyzoites to bradyzoites in vitro using vero as host cells. stage conversion into bradyzoites and cysts was confirmed by immunofluorescent microscopy and western blot analysis using sag1- and bag1-specific antibody, respectively. from day 4 postinfection (pi), pale blue autofluorescence of the bradyzoites and tissue cysts was observed with uv light at 330-385 nm, ...200515856866
detection of antibodies to neospora caninum in cattle by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay with truncated ncsrs2 expressed in escherichia coli.the surface antigen 1-related sequence 2 of neospora caninum (ncsrs2) is considered as an immunodominant antigen. in this study, the gene encoding truncated ncsrs2 (ncsrs2t) lacking an n-terminal signal peptide and c-terminal hydrophobic regions was expressed in escherichia coli, and its diagnostic potential in an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) was evaluated. elisa could discriminate clearly between known n. caninum-positive and -negative sera from cattle. field serum samples collecte ...200515856900
development of neospora caninum cultured with human serum in vitro and in vivo.because there has been no report of symptomatic neospora caninum infection in humans, we examined the effect of human serum on the parasite's growth in either a bovine angioendothelial cell or caco-2 cell culture in vitro and in immunocompromised mice in vivo. there was no difference in intracellular parasite numbers between cells incubated with human serum at 24 hr after challenge and those incubated with fetal bovine serum (fbs), which has no titer for the anti-n. caninum agglutination antibod ...200515856911
relationship between rainfall and neospora caninum-associated abortion in two dairy herds in a dry environment.the possible direct relationship between climate variations and abortion in neospora caninum-infected cows has not been studied. the objective of this study was to determine whether climate changes could be a risk factor for abortion in n. caninum-infected cows, and was based on yearly serological screening for neosporosis and on the confirmation of n. caninum infection on aborted fetuses in two high-producing dairy herds with a mean 27% seroprevalence of n. caninum antibodies. the final populat ...200515876229
neosporosis in a young dog presenting with dermatitis and neuromuscular signs.a 16-week-old, male boxer dog developed multifocal nodular dermatitis followed by rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease. protozoal tachyzoites were demonstrated by aspiration and biopsy of dermal lesions. necropsy and histology revealed necrotising inflammation associated with intralesional protozoal organisms in various organs including the brain, heart, skeletal muscle and skin. serology suggested active infection with neospora caninum. immunohistochemistry provided a definitive ...200515736815
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