Innate defense mechanisms during the dry period of the cow against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) with special emphasis to Toll like receptore 2 (TLR2) and B-defensins

01 October 2008 → 30 September 2010
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
    • General biology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
TLR2 B-defensin S. aureus
Project description

Understanding the innate defense of the bovine udder against S. aureus mastitis during the dry period is the main aim of this study. The expression of TLR2 and B-defensins will be investigated at different levels of the bovine udder. The modulation of this expression by S. aureus on the bovine mammary epithelial cells will be studied during the dry period.