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Complement Titres of Naturally and Artificially Raised Piglets II. Comparison with the Results of Electrophoretic Examinations

By Delma Cochrane, C. L'Ecuyer and Christine E. Rice


Serial serum samples from piglets in one naturally-raised and three artificially-raised litters, 19 animals, were examined by cellulose acetate electrophoresis. The electropherograms of all day-old suckling and colostrum deprived piglets showed five definite bands, the first, third, fourth and fifth corresponding in position to the albumin, alpha-, beta- and gamma-globulin regions for adult pig serum. The second, well-defined band was located between the albumin and main alpha-globulin bands. This component, considered to be alpha1-globulin or fetuin, was no longer visible as a distinct band in the electrophoretic pattern for sera of three-week old suckling piglets or of five-week old artificially-raised piglets. No consistent relationship was observed between the rate of increase in haemolytic complement titre and the proportional changes in the various categories of serum globulins

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