Serologic responses in 61 calves 3 to 34 days of age following immunization with bacterins containing a heat-killed rough mutant, Escherichia coli 0111:B4 (strain J5) were determined by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay specific for the IgG isotype. Administration of either heat-killed bacteria or oil-based adjuvants alone failed to enhance serologic recognition of common core antigens when comparing to nonvaccinate controls. Increased titers were uniquely and specifically limited to calves receiving the antigen in an oil emulsion. In a second experiment, age and initial, passively acquired titer recognizing the vaccinal antigen were not found to have any effect on the magnitude of the humoral response of 57 calves following immunization.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Animal Science and Zoology