Chakraborty D*, Guha C, Biswas U, Chatterjee A, Jana PS, Biswas S, Sharma L, Pradhan N, Bhagat S and Naha BC
Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, West Bengal university of animal and Fishery Sciences, India
Received date: November 30, 2013; Accepted date: February 24, 2014; Published date: February 26, 2014
Citation: Chakraborty D, Guha C, Biswas U, Chatterjee A, Jana PS, et al. (2014) Studies on Thermo stability of Newcastle Disease Virus (Local Isolate) for Preparation of Vaccine. J Veterinar Sci Technol 5:161. doi:10.4172/2157-7579.1000161
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The study was carried out to assess the thermostability of Newcastle disease virus (local isolate) which was isolated, characterised and provided by the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, West Bengal university of animal and Fishery Sciences. The thermostability procedure consist of three cycles which were carried out at 25°C for 36 days, 37°C for 29 days and 56°C for time period ranging between 5 minutes to 8 hours, respectively. The results showed that the infectivity titre of the virus was remained good at the end of the first thermal cycle i.e. the HA titre i.e., 28 and 108.5 EID50/ml, respectively. At the end of the second thermal cycle the infectivity titre of the virus was also in good level i.e. 27 and 108.50 EID50/ml, respectively. At last the infectivity titre of the virus decreased to 25 HA titre and 107.36 EID50/ml, respectively in 10 minutes of thermal exposure at 56°C and the HA titre and EID50 value became undetectable from 15 minutes and onward till the end of the third thermal cycle.
Newcastle disease; Local isolate; Thermo stability
It is a highly contagious disease of the respiratory and nervous systems, mostly affecting chicken, but sometimes also affecting other poultry species, such as guinea fowls, ducks, turkeys, etc. It often devastates unvaccinated family poultry flocks in periodic outbreaks. The disease is caused by avian paramyxovirus type-I, with the most virulent strains isolated in Africa [5,6].
Vaccination is a most effective means of controlling ND and has been used throughout the world since 1940 . Now-a-days, various pharmaceutical private agencies and State Biological are producing ND vaccines in India, consisting of live attenuated LaSota strain, B1 strain, F-strain and ND VH strain. These are lentogenic strains of ND vaccine. These vaccines are used mainly in the commercial poultry sectors (intensive poultry farms) and have limited applications in rural area (extensive production system) due to some problems like i) Heat lability of vaccine strain of viruses, ii) Large dose presentation, iii) Affordability, iv) Cold chain for effective administration of the vaccine and v) Ignorance of the farmers. Moreover, in areas where ND is endemic, disease control through vaccination is greatly cost effective intervention and has been given a high priority by farmers. Yet such measures appear not to be effective in many cases as frequent report of ND outbreak even in vaccinated flocks. Therefore, to prevent such type of economic loss by sudden outbreak of ND, it is very important to develop a simple but absolutely effective vaccine and easy to administration against the disease. Live vaccines are easy to apply and relatively inexpensive, and give moderately good immunity. Vaccinal reactions to them vary according to the vaccine strain. Among the live vaccines, the thermostable vaccines require less stringent transport requirements in the field.
Thermo stability is a relative term. It has been unfortunate that thermostable vaccines have sometimes been considered as another basic commodity, like a sack of rice that needs no special treatment.
The ACIAR sponsored project for vaccination against ND by using Australian V4 and I2 strains (ND asymptomatic pathotypes) in thirty countries in SEA, Africa and Austria . In this context, thermostable strains should be better for local field and use for vaccine preparation that may be more effective against Newcastle disease.
The main objective of the present study is to test the thermo stability in different temperatures of the isolated ND virus.
Source of the virus for the vaccine production
Viruses used in this study for thermo stability testing were isolated, characterised and provided by the Department of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Kolkata-37.
Embryonated Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) fowl eggs
Embryonated SPF fowl eggs were procured from Venky’s (India) Ltd., SPF Eggs Division, Pune for propagation of virus as recommended by OIE, 2009.
Spot/slide agglutination test
One drop of allantoic fluid, collected during harvesting of virus, was dropped on a grease free glass slide. Freshly prepared 0.5% chick RBC suspension was added to the allantoic fluid in 1:1 ratio (50% v/v). Both the suspensions were mixed thoroughly by rotating the slide gently. The slide was examined by diffused light to see any haemagglutination. Standard Plate Haemagglutination Test (HA) as per OIE , Determination of Embryo Infective Dose fifty (EID50) of the virus as per Reed and Muench  and FAO , Thermo stability testing of the virus isolate as per Aini . In the first cycle, vials containing virus were placed in B.O.D incubator at 25°C for 36 days. The HA test was performed at every 2 days interval.
At the end of the first cycle the virus was passaged in embryonated SPF eggs. In the second cycle, the virus was kept at 37°C for 29 days and HA activity was checked at every 2 days interval. After end of the second cycle the virus again inoculated in embryonated SPF eggs.
In the third cycle, the virus was exposed to 56°C for different time period i.e. 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 8 hours and HA activity was performed.
At the end of the third cycle the virus was passaged in the embryonated SPF egg and HA activity was checked and virus was stored at –70°C for further use.
At the end of the first thermal cycle, the HA titre i.e. 29 and EID50 i.e. 109 EID50/ml of the heat unexposed virus decreased to 28 and 108.5 EID50/ ml, respectively. Literature in this aspect was scanty in relation to the 36 days thermal exposure of virus at 25°C in the first cycle.
At the end of the first thermal cycle the concentration of virus increased by 3 serial passages in embryonated SPF fowl eggs and the HA titre and EID50/ml was detected before using it in the second thermal cycle.
At the end of the second thermal cycle, the HA titre i.e. 29 and EID50 i.e. 1010.16 EID50/ml of the heat unexposed virus decreased to 27 and 108.50 EID50/ml, respectively. Literature in this aspect was scanty in relation to the 29 days thermal exposure of virus at 37°C in the second cycle.
At the end of the second thermal cycle the concentration of the virus increased by 3 serial passages in embryonated SPF fowl eggs and the HA titre and EID50/ml were detected before using it in the third thermal cycle.
In the third cycle, the HA titer i.e. 28 and EID50 i.e. 108.78 EID50/ ml of the heat unexposed virus decreased to 25 and 107.36 EID50/ml, respectively in 10 minutes of thermal exposure and the HA titer and EID50 value became undetectable from 15 minutes and onward till the end of the third thermal cycle.
Islam and Abdellatif  reported that titer of Dongola strain (heat stable) decreased 2 logarithmic order within 15 minutes of incubation at 56°C and EID50/ml decreased from 1010.0 EID50/ml of unheated to 108.0/ml of heated virus.
From the results of the present study, it can be concluded that the lentogenic strain ND virus (local isolate) could withstand the thermal exposure of 25°C for 36 days, 37°C for 29 days and 56°C for 10 minutes without losing its viability. Therefore, the virus can be used as vaccine strain which will be able to withstand the environmental temperature up to 37°C for a month without losing its viability and infectivity.