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Susceptibility of various animals to Pneumocystis carinii infection.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kisaengch'unghak chapchi. The Korean journal of parasitology
Publication Date
Volume
30
Issue
4
Pages
277–281
Identifiers
PMID: 1297418
Source
Medline

Abstract

Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) is an important opportunistic pathogen of immune compromised hosts, and is known to infect various animals. The present study observed the infection status of 6 mammals and 3 strains of albino rats with Pc after suppression of their immunity. Methyl-prednisolone was injected once a week and tetracycline was supplied with water for 5 to 21 weeks. Hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats and pigs were negative by impression smear, and only the rats were found infected by Pc. All of the three strains of rats, Sprague-Dawley(SD), Wistar(W) and Fisher(F), were infected by Pc but W rats showed heavier degree of infection in earlier period than F or SD rats. The present findings suggest that W rat is the best among the animals used in the present study for production of Pc.

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