Submitted to: Southern Poultry Science Society Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/27/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: The tracheal ring organ culture (TROC) model has been used to examine the effect of respiratory bacteria and viruses on ciliated epithelium of the respiratory tract. This model has been used to study the effect of mycoplasmas on ciliated epithelium of the respiratory tracts of chickens in vitro. Taylor-Robinson and Cherry reported that various strains of Mycoplasma gallisepticum caused a reduction of ciliary activity in chicken TROC after 4-5 days. The present study examined the effect of Mycoplasma gallisepticum S6 and R strains on the ciliary activity of chicken TROC. Preliminary results suggest that Mycoplasma gallisepticum S6 strain caused a reduction in ciliary activity after 5 days, whereas Mycoplasma gallisepticum R strain took >6 days.