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Vet Microbiol. 2009 Mar 16;135(1-2):103-11. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2008.09.029. Epub 2008 Sep 13.

Chlamydophila abortus infection in the mouse: a useful model of the ovine disease.

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Departamento de Sanidad Animal, Facultad de Veterinaria, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Campus de Espinardo, Murcia, Spain. mrcaro@um.es

Abstract

Chlamydophila (C.) abortus is an obligate intracellular bacterium able to colonize the placenta of several species of mammals, which may induce abortion in the last third of pregnancy. The infection affects mainly small ruminants resulting in major economic losses in farming industries worldwide. Furthermore, its zoonotic risk has been reported in pregnant farmers or abattoir workers. Mouse models have been widely used to study both the pathology of the disease and the role of immune cells in controlling infection. Moreover, this animal experimental model has been considered a useful tool to evaluate new vaccine candidates and adjuvants that could prevent abortion and reduce fetal death. Future studies using these models will provide and reveal information about the precise mechanisms in the immune response against C. abortus and will increase the knowledge about poorly understood issues such as chlamydial persistence.

PMID:
18945558
DOI:
10.1016/j.vetmic.2008.09.029
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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