Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
Print version ISSN 0102-0935
HEIM, G et al. Absorption of IgG via colostrum in biological piglets and adopted piglets after crossfostering. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2011, vol.63, n.5, pp. 1073-1078. ISSN 0102-0935. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352011000500005.
Nine sows of fifth parity (PO5) were immunized with 4mg and 2mg of bovine serum albumin (BSA) at 70 and 100d of gestation, respectively. Cross fostering was performed 4.9±1.9h after birth, before piglets had their first suckling. Litters were composed of five biological piglets (BP) and five adopted piglets (AP), with similar weight at birth. Blood samples were collected from piglets (at birth and at 24h of life) and from females (after farrowing) and colostrum from each group of teats (at farrowing time and after 24h). Samples of serum and colostrum were quantified to IgG by indirect ELISA. Optical density of IgG anti-BSA (ODIgG-BSA) from piglets (24h of life) was correlated with dams. ODIgG-BSA was similar among BP and AP, as well as among pairs of teats (at farrowing time and after 24h). However, there was a decrease in ODIgG-BSA from farrowing up to 24h after birth. BP and AP absorbed the same amount of IgG via colostrum, when cross fostering was evaluated 5h after farrowing, regardless of the teat suckled, since these have the same concentration of IgG.
Keywords : piglet; crossfostering; IgG; colostrum.