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Toxicology. 1994 Sep 22;93(1):13-31.

The local lymph node assay: developments and applications.

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  • 1Zeneca Central Toxicology Laboratory, Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK.


The murine local lymph node assay is a predictive test method for the identification of contact allergens in which sensitizing activity is measured as a function of induced proliferative responses in lymph nodes draining the site of application. In this article the development and validation of the assay are described and comparisons with guinea pig predictive test methods discussed. In addition we examine the advantages and limitations of the method and consider new opportunities and applications of the assay in the context of the toxicological evaluation of sensitizing potential.

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