Immunoblotting of Cowdria ruminantium proteins with sheep or bovine antiserum identified 2 antigenically conserved proteins, one being an immunodominant 31 kDa and the other a minor 27 kDa protein. These proteins are present in the electrophoretic profiles of the Welgevonden, Ball 3 and Kwanyanga stocks and are recognized by sheep antiserum to the Welgevonden, Ball 3, Kwanyanga, Mali, Comoro, Breed, Germishuys, Kümm and Mara stocks and by bovine antiserum to the Welgevonden stock of C. ruminantium. The stocks did not reveal identical or unique antigenic properties which could explain differences in pathogenicity and cross-immunity observed amongst the various stocks of C. ruminantium.
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