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Vet Immunol Immunopathol DOI:10.1016/j.vetimm.2014.05.010

The dog as a genetic model for immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency: identification of several breeds with low serum IgA concentrations.

Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsOlsson, M, Frankowiack, M, Tengvall, K, Roosje, P, Fall, T, Ivansson, E, Bergvall, K, Hansson-Hamlin, H, Sundberg, K, Hedhammar, Å, Lindblad-Toh, K, Hammarström, L
JournalVet Immunol Immunopathol
Date Published2014 Aug 15
KeywordsAnimals, Dog Diseases, Dogs, Female, Humans, IgA Deficiency, Immunoglobulin A, Male, Models, Genetic, Reference Values, Species Specificity

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) serves as the basis of the secretory immune system by protecting the lining of mucosal sites from pathogens. In both humans and dogs, IgA deficiency (IgAD) is associated with recurrent infections of mucosal sites and immune-mediated diseases. Low concentrations of serum IgA have previously been reported to occur in a number of dog breeds but no generally accepted cut-off value has been established for canine IgAD. The current study represents the largest screening to date of IgA in dogs in terms of both number of dogs (n=1267) and number of breeds studied (n=22). Serum IgA concentrations were quantified by using capture ELISA and were found to vary widely between breeds. We also found IgA to be positively correlated with age (p


Alternate JournalVet. Immunol. Immunopathol.
PubMed ID24935667