Research in Veterinary Science vol:96 pages:460-463
Static interleukin-6 (IL-6) levels of pigs contain considerable individual differences, which obstruct the practical use of IL-6 for disease monitoring purposes. It was hypothesised that interleukin-6 (IL-6) dynamics could be used to quantify these individual differences and carries critical information of the individual pig infection status. Time series of IL-6 responses in 25 pigs were analysed before and after infection by Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae. The results indicated that amplitude increases of IL-6 fluctuations of individual pigs rather than static IL-6 values should be used as indicator of the infection state. This study shows the added value for IL-6 time series analyses of individual pigs. These results are a first step towards the development of objective individualised methods for monitoring and early detection of sepsis and inflammation processes in pigs by integrating animal response dynamics.