Characterisation of antisera to recombinant IgA of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)

Renée R. Rawson, Katherine Belov, A. Angus Gidley-Baird, Desmond W. Cooper

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    One of the limiting factors in understanding immune responses in marsupials is the scarcity of marsupial specific immunological reagents. This paper describes the characterisation of an antiserum raised against a recombinant protein of the constant region of the heavy chain of IgA (Cα) of the common brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula). The availability of a marsupial specific anti-IgA provides a useful tool for the characterisation of mucosal immune responses in possums. Anti-Cα specifically detects IgA in possum serum and secretions using ELISAs, immuno-dot blots and Western blots without any cross-reactivity to IgG. The possum anti-Cα cross-reacts with IgA of koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii) and eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), demonstrating the potential for use in other marsupials
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)89-95
    Number of pages7
    JournalVeterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    • recombinant IgA
    • brushtail possum
    • mucosal immunity


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