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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

2008 Annual Report

1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objectives of this work include.
1)Determine the efficacy of bacteriophage to prevent and treat colibacillosis (Escherichia coli);.
2)Determine the efficacy of bacteriophage to prevent and treat turkey coryza (Bordetella avium);and.
3)Determine the efficacy of bacteriophage to prevent and treat fowl cholera (Pasteurella multocida).

1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Bacteriophage will be isolated from environmental sources targeted for the bacteria E. coli, Bordetella avium, and Pasteurella multocide. Using our established colibacilosis model we will quantitatively determine the relationship between bacteriophage titers to therapeutic efficacy by treating colibacillosis with different bacteriophage titers, and will conduct in vitro studies to determine if there are any non-specific blood factors that inhibit bacteriophage activity. The efficacy of repeated treatment of bacteriophage will be conducted by administering bacteriophage prior to challenging the birds with the disease agent, and then treating them with an additional bacteriophage administration to determine if prior exposure to high titers of bacteriophage will limit the efficacy of bacteriophage to treat colibacillosis. Bacteriophage from environmental sources will be isolated with effectiveness against Bordetella avium and Pasteurella multocida. Studies will be conducted to determine the efficacy of aerosol administration of bacteriophage to prevent disease by administrating the bacteriophage prior to challenging the birds with Bordetella avium or Pasteurella multocida.

3.Progress Report
During this year progress was made on the establishment of a new model to study the efficacy of bacteriophage to both prevent and treat respiratory diseases. Preliminary results suggest that a model can be developed that establishes colibacillosis with a trachea challenge. This model should improve the repeatability and accuracy of reproducing this disease over our current model. In addition, it should be a more natural model that better mimics the etiology of the disease in nature. As such, it will allow us to obtain data on the ability of bacteriophage to prevent and treat this disease, which will be a better prediction of the efficacy of bacteriophage in the real world. We have also made progress on the development of in vitro tests to document the degree of immune interference on bacteriophage efficacy. We have provided E. coli isolates collected from field cases of colibacillosis. Periodic meetings with our CRADA partner occur, and at this time our CRADA partner is pursuing outside funding that will allow them to conduct the research agreed to. We are working together to prepare the grant applications. (NP 103, Component 4)

1. Bacteriophage Therapy: There is a need to find alternatives to antibiotics in poultry production due to concern over their use in poultry production potentiating antibiotic resistance in bacteria of human clinical significance. Bacteriophage are viruses that kill bacteria and provide a natural and safe alternative to antibiotics. Colibacillosis is an important disease in poultry that we use as a model to critically evaluate the efficacy of bacteriophage to both prevent and treat this disease. We investigated a new model to produce colibacillosis that challenges the birds with E. coli by trachea gavage. This model may be a more natural and reproducible model that should allow us and the research community an important experimental method to study colibacillosis in poultry. Work continues on completing the efficacy of repeated administration of bacteriophage to treat colibacillosis on the development of in vitro immune assays. This work on the efficacy of repeated administration of bacteriophage addresses a critical concern with the efficacy of bacteriophage to treat both animal and human diseases. (NP 103, Component 4)

6.Technology Transfer

Number of Active CRADAs1
Number of Non-Peer Reviewed Presentations and Proceedings1

Review Publications
Kannan, L., Rath, N.C., Liyange, R., Lay, Jr, J. 2007. Identification and Characterization of Thymosin B4 in Chicken Macrophages Using Whole Cell MALDI-TOF. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1112:425-434.

Rath, N.C., Huff, W.E., Huff, G.R. 2007. Thiram-induced changes in the expression of genes relating to vascularization and tibial dyschondroplasia. Poultry Science. 86(11):2390-2395.

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