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Blood-typing of Indian Water Buffaloes with Reagents for Antigenic Factors of Cattle

Naturevolume 199pages12081209 (1963) | Download Citation



MORE than eighty heritable antigenic factors have been detected on the erythrocytes (cells) of cattle by their reactions with blood-grouping reagents; the reagent being an antibody population made relatively specific for a particular factor by appropriate absorptions1. Using cattle reagents, it has been shown that at least nine genetic blood-group systems of cattle have their homologues in American bison, Bison bison2–4, and Polish aurochs, Bison bonasus5. Water buffalo cells elicit antibodies in cattle which detect antigenic factors of three of the cattle blood-group systems6; suggesting a homology between the antigenic factors of cattle and water buffaloes. Naturally occurring agglutinins in the sera of cattle have been used to classify cells of Indian water buffaloes (Bos bubalis) into four types7.

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