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Infect Immun. 1991 May;59(5):1733-8.

Acquired resistance to Giardia muris in X-linked immunodeficient mice.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


A previous study from this laboratory (D. P. Snider, D. Skea, and B. J. Underdown, Infect. Immun. 56:2838-2842, 1988) indicated that immunodeficient mice expressing the xid gene develop prolonged infections with Giardia muris, unlike immunocompetent mice, which eliminate the intestinal protozoan parasite in 8 to 10 weeks. In this study, CBA/N (xid) and CBA/Ca mice were infected with G. muris cysts and at various times following this primary infection were cured by treatment with metronidazole. In contrast to the marked differences in the ability of xid and normal mice to eliminate a primary infection, mice of both strains were resistant to a secondary challenge of G. muris cysts. These data imply that the mechanism(s) responsible for elimination of a primary infection is not identical to those required to resist a secondary challenge infection. Splenocytes from immunocompetent CBA/Ca mice (but not immunodeficient CBA/N mice) could transfer the ability to eliminate a primary G. muris infection to irradiated mice of either strain. In contrast, splenocytes from previously infected CBA/Ca mice could not transfer resistance to a challenge infection, further supporting the hypothesis that there are differences between mechanisms required to eliminate a primary infection and those necessary to resist a second challenge infection.

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