Serology and lymphocyte surface markers of great apes maintained in a zoo

J. Wright, D. R. Johnson, D. A. Peterson, L. G. Wolfe, F. W. Deinhardt, E. R. Maschgan

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Plasma samples from 12 gorillas, six orang-utans and five chimpanzees were evaluated for antibodies against viral, rickettsial, chlamydial or mycoplasmal antigens, and circulating lymphocyte subpopulations were characterized by assay of surface markers. Antibodies that cross-reacted with the viral capsid antigen of Epstein-Barr virus were present in all 23 animals. Antibodies against the following agents were detected in > 25% of animals by species: hepatitis A virus (gorillas, orang-utans, chimpanzees); hepatitis B virus - HBs, HBc, HBe (chimpanzees); rubeola virus (gorillas, orang-utans); rubella virus (gorillas, urang-utans); mumps V antigen (gorillas); herpes simplex virus (gorillas); Coxiella burnettii (orang-utans). Percentages of circulating T and B lymphocytes were similar for all three species and approximated the levels observed in human peripheral lymphocyte populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Veterinary


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