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J Infect Dis. 1975 Jun;131(6):688-91.

Experimental studies of the pathogenesis of infections due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa: description of a burned mouse model.


An experimental burned mouse model is described that is clinically relevant to burn wound sepsis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Mice subjected to a nonlethal burn by flame were challenged with P. aeruginosa. The LD50 after subcutaneous injection in the skin of the burn up to 24 hr after the burn was smaller than 10 organisms vs. 10-6 organisms in normal animals. By three days after the burn, the value returned to and exceeded that of normal animals. This dramatic change in the LD50 after the burn was not seen when mice were challenged with other organisms. Challenge with P. aeruginosa by different routes immediately after burning showed less dramatic decreases in the LD50. Enumeration of infecting organisms in the skin of the burn and in major organs suggests the possibility of a toxic event.

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