Influence of orally administered CpG-ODNs on the humoral response to bovine serum albumin (BSA) in chickens. Academic Article uri icon


  • Synthetic oligodeoxynucleotides containing CpG motifs (CpG-ODNs) have been reported to be effective mucosal adjuvants in mice when given orally. Studies on their effectiveness in chickens are currently very limited. This study investigated whether CpG-ODNs could adjuvant the immune response to BSA when given orally to a commercial line of SCWL chickens. In two experiments, performed over time, chickens were given selected concentrations of CpG-ODNs with BSA followed by 6 consecutive days of ad libitum access to drinking water containing 1.4 mg/ml BSA. Serum responses, and in some cases intestinal specific antibodies, were measured out to 33 days post-immunization. Birds receiving a single dose of CpG-ODN had consistently higher IgG, IgM, and IgA titers in the serum, dependent upon dose, and in specific areas of the intestine when compared to the non-immunized and BSA only groups. These findings suggest that a single oral CpG-ODN administration can accelerate the kinetics of antigen specific antibodies of all three isotypes in commercial-strain chickens immunized via the drinking water using common protein antigen.

published proceedings

  • Vet Immunol Immunopathol

author list (cited authors)

  • Ameiss, K. A., El Attrache, J., Barri, A., McElroy, A. P., & Caldwell, D. J.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Ameiss, KA||El Attrache, J||Barri, A||McElroy, AP||Caldwell, DJ

publication date

  • January 2006