A guinea pig model of low-dose Mycobacterium bovis aerogenic infection

Mark A. Chambers*, Ann Williams, Dolores Gavier-Widén, Adam Whelan, Catherine Hughes, Graham Hall, M. Stephen Lever, Philip D. Marsh, R. Glyn Hewinson

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In order to develop a model of Mycobacterium bovis infection with pathogenetical relevance, a modified version of the Henderson apparatus was used to deliver infectious aerosols directly to the snouts of guinea pigs. Aerosols generated from 106, 107, 108CFU/ml M. bovis suspensions established disease in every animal, with estimated retained doses of 10, 100, 1000CFU, respectively. For comparison, other guinea pigs were inoculated with 100CFU M. bovis intramuscularly (i.m.). Pathology and bacterial colonisation of lungs and spleen varied according to the dose and route of inoculation. Animals inoculated i.m. gave a significant cutaneous tuberculin hypersensitivity reaction earlier after testing than those infected aerogenically. A serological response to M. bovis antigens was detected in all infected animals. Intensity of antigen recognition was dose-dependent and although the range of antigens recognised varied between animals, a 25kDa antigen present in the cell fraction was serodominant. Thus, a reproducible guinea pig model has been defined that may be suitable for virulence, vaccination, and immunological studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-226
Number of pages14
JournalVeterinary Microbiology
Issue number3
Early online date30 Apr 2001
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2001


  • Airborne infection
  • Guinea pig model
  • Mycobacterium bovis


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