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J Protozool. 1991 Nov-Dec;38(6):133S-135S.

Factors influencing Pneumocystis infection in the immunocompromised rat.

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Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, OH 45267-0560.

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  • J Protozool 1992 May-Jun;39(3):398.


A compromised immune system is the primary predisposing condition for Pneumocystis infection. Factors that contribute to this underlying state of immunosuppression are poorly understood. The presence of common rodent viruses and the role of anti-Pneumocystis antibodies on the progression of natural infection in the corticosteroid-treated rat model of Pneumocystis pneumonia were evaluated. The development and intensity of infection were not affected by the presence or absence of antibodies to these viruses or to major Pneumocystis antigens. A significant increase in survival of Pneumocystis-infected viral antibody-positive rats was observed when these rats were housed under barrier conditions.

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