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Infect Immun. 2000 Feb;68(2):977-81.

Optimizing the germfree mouse model for in vivo evaluation of oral Vibrio cholerae vaccine and vector strains.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, USA.


The germfree mouse model of Vibrio cholerae infection can be used to judge immune responses to V. cholerae vaccine and vector strains. In the original model, a single oral inoculation was administered on day 0, a booster oral inoculation was administered on day 14, and immune responses were analyzed with samples collected on day 28. Unfortunately, immune responses in this model frequently were low level, and interanimal variability occurred. In order to improve this model, we evaluated various primary and booster V. cholerae inoculation schedules. The most prominent systemic and mucosal antibody responses were measured in mice that received a multiple primary inoculation series on days 0, 2, 4, and 6 and booster inoculations on days 28 and 42. These modifications result in improved preliminary evaluation of V. cholerae vaccine and vector strains in mice.

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