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Immunization against experimental coccidiosis produces contrasting results in inbred mice of differing susceptibility to infection.

By M E Rose, P Hesketh and D Wakelin


Pretreatment of inbred mice with intravenous and/or intraperitoneal injection of an antigen prepared from sporozoites of Eimeria vermiformis modulated the course of infection with the parasite in a manner that depended on the resistance-susceptibility phenotype of the host. Mice with a resistant background (BALB) produced more oocysts and those with a susceptible background (C57BL) produced fewer oocysts than their respective controls. The optimum conditions for producing these effects were established, and evidence is presented which suggests that the phenomenon might also apply in the target host, the chicken

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1994
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