Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

2 Department of pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary medicine, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tabriz

4 Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran.

5 Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Ferdowsi University Of Mashhad .


Tropical or Mediterranean theileriosis in dairy cattle is widely distributed in many tropical regions of the world. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the proliferation status of mononuclear cells infected with Theileria annulata schizonts in different tissues and its relationship with the pathogenesis of the parasite in cattle by histopathology, immunohistochemistry and PCR. Blood and tissue samples of eight Holstein cattle lost due to theileriosis and eight healthy slaughtered cattle of the same breed were collected as a control group after necropsy. The piroplasms in the blood smears and the schizonts were microscopically detected in the cytoplasm of the lymphocytes and macrophages of the lymph nodes. Histopathologically, the proliferation of macrophages, lymphocytes, and plasma cells in lymph nodes and the heart, congestion, and bleeding in the red pulp of the spleen, portal tracts of the liver, interstitial tissue of the kidneys, multifocal necrosis and ulceration in the abomasum together with hyperemia and hemorrhages and lymphoblastic infiltration in the submucosa and lamina propria adjacent to these lesions and emphysema with ecchymotic hemorrhage in the lungs were evident. Immunohistochemistry recognized the proliferated cells as mostly CD3-positive T lymphocytes and MAC387-positive macrophages. The positive results of PCR for the Tams1 30-kDa gene were observed in lymph nodes, liver, lung and abomasum. It was concluded that the pathological changes were the result of schizont-infected macrophage proliferation leading to severe uncontrolled proliferation of uninfected T lymphocytes.


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