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Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 1986 Nov;13(3):181-8.

IgA deficiency in shar-pei dogs.


Two shar-pei puppies examined because of signs of sinopulmonary disease, one of which also had skin disease, had deficient IgA concentrations. Deficient serum IgA concentrations also were confirmed in 30 of 39 (76.9%) clinically normal adult dogs in two colonies of shar-peis. Both courses of disease--sinopulmonary signs and chronic skin disease and a benign clinical course--have been reported in human patients with IgA deficiency. Thus, the shar-pei might be an appropriate model for studying the immunopathology of IgA deficiency in man.

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