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The potential of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) and baboons (Papio anubis) as models for the study of the immunology of Echinococcus granulosus infections

  • M. T. Rogan (a1), I. Marshall (a2), G. D. F. Reid (a3), C. N. L. Macpherson (a4) and P. S. Craig (a1)...

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Nine vervet monkeys and nine baboons were infected with eggs of Echinococcus granulosus per as. Six of the vervets and one of the baboons possessed hydatid cysts at autopsy, 15–28 months post-infection. The sequential IgG response to hydatid fluid and protoscolex antigens showed considerable inter-animal variation. Infected vervets and baboons became seropositive after an average of 8 months post-infection. Considerable fluctuation in the IgG response was observed, particularly to the hydatid fluid antigen which, in humans, may contribute to the existence of a significant proportion of seronegative individuals. Vervets, in particular, may be useful to study immunological events associated with exposure, development and resolution of hydatid disease in outbred human populations.

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The potential of vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) and baboons (Papio anubis) as models for the study of the immunology of Echinococcus granulosus infections

  • M. T. Rogan (a1), I. Marshall (a2), G. D. F. Reid (a3), C. N. L. Macpherson (a4) and P. S. Craig (a1)...

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