Japanese Journal of Veterinary Research;Volume 40, Number 1

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DETECTION OF EQUINE IMMUNOGLOBULIN-SECRETING CELLS BY A PLAQUE ASSAY

GOTO, Ikuo;KAMADA, Masanobu;INABA, Mutsumi;MAEDE, Yoshimitsu

Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2115/2359
JaLCDOI : 10.14943/jjvr.40.1.13
KEYWORDS : hemolytic plaque assay;Protein A;horse;lymphocyte

Abstract

A protein A-hemolytic plaque assay was applied to detect immunoglobulin (Ig)-producing cells in horse peripheral blood, using pokeweed mitogen as a B lymphocyte activator. A maximum number of Ig-secreting cells was obtained when horse peripheral blood lymphocytes were cultured in a medium containing horse serum. The number of Ig-secreting cells in young horses (2 years old) was lower than that in adult horses (6 to 23 years old). In addition, the plaque formation was unchanged from blood samples kept at 4℃ for 24 hours, while blood samples kept for 72 hours did not yield plaques. These results indicate that the plaque assay is a reliable and useful method for detecting Ig-secreting cells in the peripheral blood of the horse.

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