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Taenia crassiceps: in vivo and in vitro models



Taenia crassiceps is a cestode parasite of wild and domestic animals that rarely affects humans; it has been widely used as an experimental model. The asexual proliferation by budding is a useful attribute of T. crassiceps cysticerci, which allows the various strains to be maintained indefinitely in the peritoneal cavity of inbred mice. Over the last 50 years, experimental results using larval and adult stages of T. crassiceps have yielded much information on the morphology, infectivity, proliferation dynamics, host immune response, endrocrinological responses and vaccine research, all of which have contributed to our knowledge of cestode biology.


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Corresponding author address: Kaethe Willms MD, Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología, Edificio A, Primer Piso, Facultad de Medicina, Ciudad Universitaria, Mexico 04510, D.F. Tel: (5255) 56 23 23 56. Fax: (5255) 56 23 23 82. E-mail:


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