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Immune system differences in parasite tolerant goats

Last changed: 30 June 2020

Gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infections are one of the major constraints for grazing sheep and goat production worldwide. Genetic selection for resistant animals is a promising control strategy. Whole-transcriptome analysis via RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) provides knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for complex traits such as resistance to GIN infections.

In this study, we used RNA-seq to monitor the dynamics of the response of the abomasal mucosa of Creole goat kids infected with Haemonchus contortus by comparing resistant and susceptible genotypes. A total of 8 cannulated kids, 4 susceptible and 4 resistant to GIN, were infected twice with 10 000 L3 H. contortus. During the second infection, abomasal mucosal biopsies were collected at 0, 8, 15 and 35 days post-infection (dpi) from all kids for RNA-seq analysis.

The resistant animals showed early activation of biological processes related to the immune response. The top 20 canonical pathways of differentially expressed genes for different comparison showed activation of the immune response through many relevant pathways including the Th1 response. Interestingly, our results showed a simultaneous time series activation of Th2 related genes in resistant compared to susceptible kids.

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Dynamic transcriptomic changes of goat abomasal mucosa in response to Haemonchus contortus infection. Hadeer M. Aboshady, Nathalie Mandonnet, Yoann Félicité, Julien Hira, Aurore Fourcot, Claude Barbier, Anna M. Johansson, Elisabeth Jonas and Jean‑Christophe Bambou. Vet Res (2020) 51:44.


Elisabeth Jonas
Researcher at the Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics; Quantitative genetics