Babesia bigemina: immune response of cattle inoculated with irradiated parasites. Academic Article uri icon


  • Effects of various radiation dosages on the infectivity and immunogenicity of Babesia bigemina were studied. Calves infected with 1 1010, B. bigemina parasitized erythrocytes exposed to 24 krad developed progressive parasitemias. Some calves receiving 1 1010 parasitized erythrocytes irradiated at 36 krad did not develop progressive infections. Progressive infections were prevented by exposure to irradiation at 48 and 60 krad. A degree of acquired resistance to infection with B. bigemina developed in calves after inoculation with parasites irradiated at 48 and 60 krad. The resistance developed was sufficient to suppress multiplication of the Babesia and to permit calves to survive otherwise severe clinical infections due to challenge with nonirradiated parasites. Irradiated parasites were frozen without apparent loss of immunizing properties. 1974.

published proceedings

  • Exp Parasitol

author list (cited authors)

  • Bishop, J. P., & Adams, L. G.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Bishop, JP||Adams, LG

publication date

  • January 1974