Humoral and cell-mediated immune responses following lesions of the nucleus basalis magnocellularis in the rat
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The present study was undertaken to elucidate whether electrolytic lesions of nucleus basalis magnocellularis-NBM (an animal model of Alzheimer's disease-AD) may influence humoral and cellular immune responses in adult male Wistar rats. For this purpose intact control (IC), sham-operated (SO) and NBM-lesioned rats were divided into two main groups: (1) rats immunized with sheep red blood cells (SRBC) for plaque-forming cell (PFC) response and anti-SRBC agglutinins, and (2) rats immunized with bovine serum albumin in complete Freund's adjuvant (BSA-CFA) for anti-BSA antibody production, Arthus and delayed hypersensitivity skin reaction to BSA. PFC responses and anti-SRBC agglutinins as well as diameter and expression of edema/induration of Arthus/delayed skin reaction and titer of anti-BSA antibody were significantly lower in NBM lesioned rats (compared to IC and SO). The results showed that in NBM-lesioned rats both the humoral and cellular immune responses were suppressed.
Ključne reči:nucleus basalis magnocellularis / brain lesions / plaque-forming cell response / Arthus reaction / delayed hypersensitivity / antibody production / rat
Izvor:International Journal of Neuroscience, 1997, 89, 3-4, 165-176
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