The role of innate immune response and microbiome in resilience of dairy cattle to disease: The mastitis model

Valerio Bronzo, Vincenzo Lopreiato, Federica Riva, Massimo Amadori, Giulio Curone, Maria Filippa Addis, Paola Cremonesi, Paolo Moroni, Erminio Trevisi, Bianca Castiglioni

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Animal health is affected by many factors such as metabolic stress, the immune system, and epidemiological features that interconnect. The immune system has evolved along with the phylogenetic evolution as a highly refined sensing and response system, poised to react against diverse infectious and non-infectious stressors for better survival and adaptation. It is now known that high genetic merit for milk yield is correlated with a defective control of the inflammatory response, underlying the occurrence of several production diseases. This is evident in the mastitis model where high-yielding dairy cows show high disease prevalence of the mammary gland with reduced effectiveness of the innate immune system and poor control over the inflammatory response to microbial agents. There is growing evidence of epigenetic effects on innate immunity genes underlying the response to common microbial agents. The aforementioned agents, along with other non-infectious stressors, can give rise to abnormal activation of the innate immune system, underlying serious disease conditions, and affecting milk yield. Furthermore, the microbiome also plays a role in shaping immune functions and disease resistance as a whole. Accordingly, proper modulation of the microbiome can be pivotal to successful disease control strategies. These strategies can benefit from a fundamental re-appraisal of native cattle breeds as models of disease resistance based on successful coping of both infectious and non-infectious stressors.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-20
Numero di pagine20
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Dairy cattle diseases
  • Innate immune system
  • Metabolic stress
  • Microbiome


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