Serum protein alterations in goats naturally infected with Babesia ovis

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

3 Department of Food Hygiene and Quality Control, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

4 MSc in Parasitology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

5 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Urmia University, Urmia, Iran

Abstract

This study was conducted to determine the electrophoretic pattern of serum protein in goats infected with
Babesia ovis. Serum total protein was calculated and serum electrophoresis from 15 goats naturally infected
with B. ovis as well as same number of healthy goats was performed. Microscopic examination of Giemsastained peripheral blood smears revealed B. ovis infection. The parasitological diagnosis was confirmed using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay by using a pair of B. ovis-specific primers. Mean values total protein and α and γ globulin fractions in infected goats were significantly higher (P<0.05) than those observed in the healthy group.

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