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Acta Scientiarum. Animal Sciences

On-line version ISSN 1807-8672

Abstract

FERNANDES, Jovanir Inês Müller et al. Assessment of arginine diet on the immune response of broilers immunized against Gumboro disease. Acta Sci., Anim. Sci. [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.2, pp.151-155. ISSN 1807-8672.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4025/actascianimsci.v33i29738.

The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of supplemental Arginine (Arg) on the humoral immune response and development of lymphoid organs of broiler chickens vaccinated against Gumboro disease. Six hundred and forty broilers were reared in a complete randomized design with four treatments (1. Control, 2. Immunization, 3. Immunization and supplementation of L-Arg, and 4. Supplemental L-Arg.) and eight replications of 20 birds each. Birds in treatments 3 and 4 were vaccinated at 16 days against Gumboro disease (intermediate plus strain). Serum samples from birds at 14, 21, 28 and 35 days old were analyzed by ELISA for detection of antibody titers against Gumboro disease, and at these same ages, lymphoid organ weight was determined and the height of the primary folds of lymphoid tissue in the cloacal bursa was measured. There was no significant difference (p > 0.05) among treatments. Arg supplementation did not improve the immune response of broilers immunized against Gumboro Disease. The lack of response to immunization may be attributed to the low virulence of the vaccine strain used and the presence of environmental virus.

Keywords : amino acid; infectious bursal disease; immune system; antibody titers; cloacal bursa.

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