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J Neuroimmunol. 2006 Apr;173(1-2):56-68. Epub 2006 Jan 4.

Intrathecal antibody production in a mouse model of Lyme neuroborreliosis.

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Department of Neurosciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, 185 S. Orange Ave., Newark, NJ 07103, USA.


Intrathecal antibody (ITAb) production is a common feature of neurological diseases, yet very little is known about its mechanisms. Because ITAb is prominent in human Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB), in the present study we established a mouse model of LNB to study ITAb production. We injected different strains of Borrelia burgdorferi into a variety of mouse strains by the intracerebral (i.c.) route to develop the model. Spirochetal infection and ITAb production were identified by complementary methods. This study demonstrates that the mouse model of LNB can be utilized to test hypotheses related to the mechanisms of ITAb production.

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