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Model systems for investigating disease processes in neurocysticercosis

  • Anja de Lange (a1), Siddhartha Mahanty (a2) and Joseph V. Raimondo (a1)

Abstract

Neurocysticercosis (NCC) occurs following brain infection by larvae of the cestode Taenia solium. It is the leading cause of preventable epilepsy worldwide and therefore constitutes a critical health challenge with significant global relevance. Despite this, much is still unknown about many key pathogenic aspects of the disease, including how cerebral infection with T. solium results in the development of seizures. Over the past century, valuable mechanistic insights have been generated using both clinical studies and animal models. In this review, we critically assess model systems for investigating disease processes in NCC. We explore the respective strengths and weaknesses of each model and summarize how they have contributed to current knowledge of the disease. We call for the continued development of animal models of NCC, with a focus on novel strategies for understanding this debilitating but often neglected disorder.

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Author for correspondence: Joseph V. Raimondo, E-mail: joseph.raimondo@uct.ac.za

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Model systems for investigating disease processes in neurocysticercosis

  • Anja de Lange (a1), Siddhartha Mahanty (a2) and Joseph V. Raimondo (a1)

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