publication . Article . 2014

Effects of neonatal surgical castration and immunocastration in male pigs on blood T lymphocytes and health markers.

C. Leclercq; A. Prunier; E. Merlot;
Open Access English
  • Published: 17 Apr 2014
  • Country: Algeria
Abstract
<jats:p>Surgical castration in pig husbandry is criticized for welfare reasons. Thus, it is necessary to evaluate alternative ways of rearing male pigs, such as entire or immunocastrated animals. Immunocastration is a vaccination directed against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) to suppress the production of sexual hormones. This study aimed at investigating the effects of these two methods of castration in comparison with intact male pigs on blood T-lymphocyte subsets and function, the immunoglobulin (Ig) response to an influenza vaccine and health markers during sexual development. A total of 70 animals were allocated to three experimental groups: entire ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Immunologie, Immunology, Biologie animale, Animal biology, porc, castration chirurgicale, cellule t, lymphocyte t, immunocastration, testosterone, [SDV.IMM]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Immunology, [SDV.BA]Life Sciences [q-bio]/Animal biology, Animal Science and Zoology, Endocrinology, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Biology, Surgical castration, Internal medicine
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publication . Article . 2014

Effects of neonatal surgical castration and immunocastration in male pigs on blood T lymphocytes and health markers.

C. Leclercq; A. Prunier; E. Merlot;