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Salmonella enteritidis (SE) contamination of poultry products is of global food-safety concern. The natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 1 (NRAMP1) affects host innate immunity to intracellular bacteria because of its ability to transport divalent cations in late endosome/lysosomes. Studying the association of the NRAMP1 gene and chicken innate immune response to SE can, therefore, aid understanding and enhancement of chicken genetic resistance to SE. The chicken NRAMP1 gene was investigated as a candidate gene for SE response in a unique resource population. Outbred broiler sires and three diverse, highly inbred dam lines (two major histocompatibility complex-congenic Leghorn and one Fayoumi line) produced F1 progeny that were evaluated as young chicks for either bacterial load in spleen and cecum after pathogenic SE inoculation or antibody level after SE vaccination. Thirty-seven single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) were identified in 3.1 kb of genomic DNA of the NRAMP1 gene. A PCR-RFLP assay was developed to identify a SNP in a conserved transport motif. The sire NRAMP1 gene SNP was associated (P < 0.02) with antibody level to SE vaccine for Sire 8170 offspring in the two Leghorn crosses. In Sire 8296 offspring, NRAMP1 was associated (P < 0.02) with spleen bacterial load in the combined dam-line crosses. This study demonstrated the association of a SNP polymorphism in a highly conserved region of NRAMP1 with SE vaccine and pathogen challenge response in young chicks, indicating that either NRAMP1 or a linked gene controls these SE-response traits.


This article is published as Liu, W., M. G. Kaiser, and S. J. Lamont. "Natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 1 gene polymorphisms and response to vaccine against or challenge with Salmonella enteritidis in young chicks." Poultry Science 82, no. 2 (2003): 259-266. DOI: 10.1093/ps/82.2.259. Posted with permission.

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