Induction of pulmonary immunity in cattle by oral administration of ovalbumin in alginate microspheres

Terry L. Bowersock, Harm HogenEsch, Sandra Torregrosa, Della Borie, Ben Wang, Haesun Park, Kinam Park

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Respiratory infectious diseases are an important cause of economic losses to the cattle industry. There is a need for an effective, easy to administer vaccine to the critical bacterial pathogens that cause pneumonia in cattle. An orally administered vaccine could be given to a large number of animals without significant stress to the animals and with minimal labor. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the oral administration of a model antigen (ovalbumin) in alginate microspheres could induce pulmonary immunity in cattle. Calves were vaccinated orally with ovalbumin (OVA) following either a subcutaneous (SC) or oral priming dose of OVA. Calves primed and boostered by oral administration (oral/oral) of OVA encapsulated in alginate microparticles had increased numbers of antigen-specific IgA ASCs (ASCs) in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluids. Calves that received a SC priming followed by an oral booster inoculation (SC/oral) of OVA in alginate microspheres had a greater number of anti-OVA IgA, IgG1 and IgG2 ASCs in BALF. SC/oral calves also had increased numbers of anti-OVA IgG1 ASCs in peripheral blood whereas oral/oral calves had none. SC/oral calves had increased anti-OVA IgG1, IgG2, and IgA titers in BALF, and IgG1 and IgG2 in serum compared to both oral/oral and sham vaccinated calves. These results indicate that oral administration of antigen encapsulated in alginate microspheres results in a mucosal immune response in the respiratory tract of cattle. Furthermore, SC priming both enhanced the IgA response and stimulated an IgG1 and IgG2 response not seen in oral/oral calves. The difference in antibody isotype results suggest that design of the vaccination protocol can direct antibody responses as needed for a specific immunization program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalImmunology Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Alginate
  • IgA
  • Microspheres
  • Mucosal immunity
  • Vaccine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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