Molting in Salmonella enteritidis-challenged laying hens fed alfalfa crumbles. IV. Immune and stress protein response. Academic Article uri icon


  • Immunological responses of molting hens either infected or not infected with Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis were compared in 2 trials with Single Comb White Leghorn hens >50 wk old. The hens were placed into 6 treatment groups with 12 hens per group: nonmolted Salmonella Enteritidis positive (FF+), non-molted Salmonella Enteritidis negative (FF-), feed withdrawal Salmonella Enteritidis positive (FW+), FW Salmonella Enteritidis negative (FW-), alfalfa Salmonella Enteritidis positive (ALC+), and ALC Salmonella Enteritidis negative (ALC-). Each hen in the Salmonella Enteritidis-positive groups was challenged on d 4 of the study with 1 mL of 10(6)-cfu Salmonella Enteritidis, and diets were administered for 12 d. Blood samples were collected on d 2, 5, 9, and 12, and blood smears were enumerated for heterophil to lymphocyte (H:L) ratios. Serum samples were also analyzed for alpha(1)-acid glycoprotein (AGP) levels and antibody level. On d 12, hens were euthanized and bile samples from the gall bladder and sections of the ileum and the ceca were collected, and an ELISA was used to determine the intestinal, serum, and bile antibody responses. The FW+ hens produced more (P

published proceedings

  • Poult Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Dunkley, C. S., McReynolds, J. L., Dunkley, K. D., Njongmeta, L. N., Berghman, L. R., Kubena, L. F., Nisbet, D. J., & Ricke, S. C.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Dunkley, CS||McReynolds, JL||Dunkley, KD||Njongmeta, LN||Berghman, LR||Kubena, LF||Nisbet, DJ||Ricke, SC

publication date

  • December 2007