Detection of specific antibodies anti-Neospora caninum in the fallow deer (Dama dama)

Res Vet Sci. 2012 Feb;92(1):96-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2010.10.014. Epub 2010 Nov 18.


Sera from 335 farmed fallow deer (Dama dama) at the breeding station in Kosewo Górne in the Mazurian Lake District, North-East Poland, were investigated for the presence of antibodies against Neospora caninum. The distribution of age groups was as follow: >4 years - 154 animals; 2 years - 76 animals; 1 year - 105 animals. Ten sera with the optical density exceeding 0.159 absorbance units (i.e., cut-off value) in ELISA test were also analyzed by Western blot. Western blot analysis revealed seroreactivity against immunodominant N. caninum antigens of 37, 25, and 16kDa; however, in some sera additional bands were also visible. This is the first screening studies for antibodies against N. caninum in farmed fallow deer in Poland, in the region where neosporosis was confirmed in cattle and in farmed and free-ranging European red deer (Cervus elaphus).

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antibodies, Protozoan / blood*
  • Blotting, Western / veterinary
  • Coccidiosis / epidemiology
  • Coccidiosis / immunology
  • Coccidiosis / veterinary*
  • Deer / immunology*
  • Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay / veterinary
  • Female
  • Male
  • Neospora / immunology*
  • Poland
  • Seroepidemiologic Studies


  • Antibodies, Protozoan