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Journal of Immunology and Immunopathology
Year : 2011, Volume : 13, Issue : 2
First page : ( 97) Last page : ( 101)
Print ISSN : 0972-0561. Online ISSN : 0973-9149.

Study on the Immunomodulatory Effect of Herbal Extract of Asparagus racemosus in Broiler Chicks

Kumari R.1, Tiwary B.K.2, Prasad A.3, Ganguly S.4

1MVSc Scholar, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi – 834 006 (Jharkhand), INDIA

2Retired University Professor & Chairman, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi – 834 006 (Jharkhand), INDIA

3University Professor & Chairman, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Birsa Agricultural University, Ranchi – 834 006 (Jharkhand), INDIA

4Scientist (Food Microbiology), AICRP-PHT (ICAR) (Kolkata Centre), Department of Fish Processing Technology, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata – 700 094 (West Bengal), INDIA

*E-mail id: ganguly38@gmail.com

Online published on 20 September, 2012.

Abstract

This study was carried out to determine the immunomodulatory effects of Asparagus racemosus extract-treated feed and to analyse the role of T and B cells in host defence against Newcastle disease in 1-week-old normal and immunocompromised boiler chicks. After the treatment, significant (P<0.01) positive effects were observed in both humoral and cell-mediated immune responses of birds, which were found to be evident by increased antibody titre after the haemagglutination inhibition test. The variation in skin thickness was significantly (P<0.01) more among herbal-treated groups than in non-treated groups, which was a clear marker for immunostimulation among birds.

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Keywords

Immunomodulatory, Asparagus racemosus, Host Defence, Humoral, Cell Mediated.

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