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Parasite Immunol. 1997 Jun;19(6):273-9.

Immune response to the filaria Litomosoides sigmodontis in susceptible and resistant mice.

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Laboratoire de Biologie Parasitaire, Protistologie, Helminthologie, URA 114 associé au CNRS, Paris, France.


Comparisons were made between the immune responses evoked during the course of chronic and patient infections of Litomosoides sigmodontis in susceptible BALB/c mice and non-patent infections in resistant B10.D2 mice. Early antigen specific responses of spleen cells were weak in both mouse strains. However, by day 58 post infection a strong Th2 response, as determined by production of IL-4, IL-5 and IL-10, was observed in BALB/c mice but not in B10.D2 mice. Antibody responses seemed to appear sooner in B10.D2 than in BALB/c mice, and these differentially recognised two antigens of 15 kD and 80 kD.

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