Effects of a siderophore receptor and porin proteins-based vaccination on fecal shedding of escherichia coli 0157:H7 in experimentally inoculated cattle

A. B. Thornton, D. U. Thomson, G. H. Loneragan, J. T. Fox, D. T. Burkhardt, D. A. Emery, T. G. Nagaraja

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Abstract

The efficacy of a vaccine containing outer membrane siderophore receptor and porin (SRP) proteins for reducing fecal prevalence and shedding of Escherichia coli 0157:H7 was evaluated in cattle inoculated with E. coli 0157:H7. Thirty calves were randomly assigned to one of two groups, and on days 1 and 21 these calves were given subcutaneous injections of either a placebo (control) or the vaccine. Blood was collected weekly to monitor the serum anti-SRP antibody titers. Two weeks after the second vaccination, calves were orally inoculated with a mixture of five strains of nalidixic acid-resistant (NalR) E. coli 0157:H7. Fecal samples and rectoanal mucosal swabs were collected daily for the first 5 days and then three times each week for the following 4 weeks to determine the presence and enumerate the fecal concentration of NalR E. coli 0157:H7. At necropsy on day 35, gut contents and tissue swabs were collected to determine the presence and concentration of NalR E. coli 0157:H7. Vaccinated cattle had significantly higher anti-SRP antibody titers than did control cattle, with a significant treatment × week interaction (P < 0.01). Vaccination of cattle with the SRP protein tended to decrease fecal concentration (1.9 versus 1 .(5 log CFU/g) of NalR E. coli 0157:H7 (P = 0.10). The number of calves that were fecal culture positive for E. coli 0157:H7 was lower (P = 0.05) in the vaccinated group than in the control group. The E. coli 0157:H7 SRP vaccine tended to reduce fecal prevalence and concentration of E. coli 0157:H7 in cattle orally inoculated with NalR E. coli 0157: H7 and may be a useful prehavest intervention strategy. Future research must be conducted on natural prevalence in feedlot operations to further evaluate the efficacy of this novel vaccine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-869
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of food protection
Volume72
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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