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16. Immunopathological response of leukocytes against microfilariae and adult worms in white rats infected with Setaria cervi
Sharba Kausar and Wajihullah Khan
Veterinary World, 10(5): 562-568

Sharba Kausar: Department of Zoology, Section of Parasitology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Wajihullah Khan: Department of Zoology, Section of Parasitology, Faculty of Life Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh - 202 002, Uttar Pradesh, India.

doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2017.562-568

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Article history: Received: 24-12-2016, Accepted: 10-04-2017, Published online: 30-05-2017

Corresponding author: Wajihullah Khan


Citation: Kausar S, Khan W (2017) Immunopathological response of leukocytes against microfilariae and adult worms in white rats infected with Setaria cervi, Veterinary World, 10(5): 562-568.

Aim: Aim of this study was to see the immunopathological changes against the microfilariae (Mf) and adult worms of a bovine filarid, Setaria cervi in the tissues of vital organs of experimentally infected white rats. The effect of diethylcarbamazine (DEC) was also observed on the Mf, as leukocytes especially lymphocytes produce immunoglobulins which opsonize and increase the efficacy of DEC against circulating Mf. Effect of this drug was also assessed on liver enzymes in the microfilaremic rats.

Materials and Methods: Microfilaremia was established by implanting adult worms intraperitoneally and by the infusion of Mf recovered from the uterus of gravid female worms. DEC was administered orally for six consecutive days in the rats having patent infection. Differential leukocyte count was recorded every 3rd day, and liver enzymes were estimated every 10th day in both treated and untreated rats. Pathological changes were observed in HE stained sections of vital organs where Mf or adult worms were trapped.

Results: Destruction and reduction in microfilarial density were noticed in microfilaremic rats treated with DEC. Trapped Mf and embedded worms revealed heavy cellular infiltrations by defensive cells which surrounded and attached with the body surface of the Mf as well as adult worms for their destruction and piece meal clearance. Immune-mediated pathology was observed in the tissue sections of lungs, spleen, and liver. Liver enzymes were elevated during the period of higher parasitemia.

Conclusion: There was a moderate level of immunopathology against the Mf and adult worms by the leukocytes in experimentally infected microfilaremic rats. Mf were in the process of degeneration where they got trapped. Moderate increase in liver enzyme was noticed which was slightly more in untreated group. Although a fraction of Mf gets killed in the peritoneum, majority of them successfully enter the systemic circulation and survive for about 54 days, which is sufficient enough for conducting immunological and chemotherapeutic studies.

Keywords: differential leukocyte count, liver enzymes, microfilariae, pathology, Setaria cervi, white rats.


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