Environmental factors affecting seasonal variation in immunity of clinically normal dogs
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A whole blood lymphocyte stimulation test, an in vitro corollary of in vivo cell mediated immunity, was done with blood collected monthly from eleven dogs for a period of three years (August, 1977 through August, 1980). Seasonal variations in immunity were observed to occur. These fluctuations were analyzed for possible association with 22 environmental, solar, and meteorological parameters. Of the six independent variables significantly entering the predictive regression equations, sunspot activity (monthly mean daily number of sunspots) was most prominent, showing a significant negative correlation in 10 of the 11 dogs. This suggests that solar activity might be associated with some activity on earth, e.g., geomagnetism which in turn might affect immune response.
KeywordsImmune Response Negative Correlation Plant Physiology Seasonal Variation Solar Activity
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