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Parasite Immunol. 1995 May;17(5):233-6.

Protective effect of low doses of an anti-IL-4 monoclonal antibody in a murine model of acute toxoplasmosis.

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Institut de Parasitologie et de Médecine Tropicale, Faculté de Médecine, Strasbourg, France.


Treatment with an anti-IL-4 monoclonal antibody protected susceptible C57BL/6 mice against challenge with an avirulent strain of T. gondii. Antibody therapy with 100 micrograms on days 0 and 7 post infection resulted in 100% survival of C57/BL6 mice infected orally. Survival was dose-dependent. Treatment prolonged parasitaemia but did not alter tissue parasite load. Increased serum IgG2a and IFN-gamma levels, together with low levels of IgG1, in mice treated with anti-IL-4 or an isotype control, indicated a trend towards a predominant Th1 response in all survivors. The persistence of an IgE response after treatment suggests that endogenous IL-4 was only partly neutralized or that other factors can induce the production of IgE in murine toxoplasmosis.

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