Effect of Dietary Administration of Bananas on Immunocytes in F1 Hybrid Calves

  • MATSUDA Keiichi
    Chuou Veterinary Clinical Center, Miyagi Prefecture Federation of Agricultural Mutual Aid Associations
  • OHTSUKA Hiromichi
    Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Kitasato University
  • ICHIJHO Toshihiro
    Kenpoku Veterinary Clinical Center, Miyagi Prefecture Federation of Agricultural Mutual Aid Associations
  • KAWAMURA Seiichi
    Department of Veterinary Internal Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, Kitasato University

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  • バナナ給与がF1子牛の免疫細胞に及ぼす影響

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Abstract

The effect of dietary administration of bananas on immunocytes in calves was investigated. Twenty Fl hybrid calves were used in this study (treated group n=10, control group n=10). Banana (2 g/kg BW) was administered to the calves for 5 days. Leukocyte subsets were examined on days 0, 5, 10, and 15. The numbers CD3+, CD3+CD45R-, and CD3+TcR+ cells significantly increased between day 0 and day 5 in the treated group (P<0.01), and were significantly higher on day 5 in the treated group relative to the control group (P<0.05). These data showed that feeding banana to calves increased T-lymphocytes, suggesting it might be possibile to enhance protective functions against infections.<br>

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