Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
versão On-line ISSN 1678-9946
CHIEFFI, Pedro Paulo et al. Persistence of specific antibody response in different experimental infections of mice with Toxocara canis larvae. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo [online]. 1995, vol.37, n.3, pp.187-190. ISSN 1678-9946. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-46651995000300001.
Anti-Toxocara antibody production and persistence were studied in experimental infections of BALB/c mice, according to three different schedules: Group I (GI) - 25 mice infected with 200 T. canis eggs in a single dose; Group II (GII) 25 mice infected with 150 T. canis eggs given in three occasions, 50 in the 1st, 50 in the 5th and 50 in the 8th days; Group III (GIII) - 25 mice also infected with 150 T. canis eggs, in three 50 eggs portions given in the 1st, 14th and 28th days. A 15 mice control group (GIV) was maintained without infection. In the 30th, 50th, 60th, 75th, 105th and 180th post-infection days three mice of the GI, GII and GIII groups and two mice of the control group had been sacrificed and exsanguinated for sera obtention. In the 360th day the remainder mice of the four groups were, in the same way, killed and processed. The obtained sera were searched for the presence of anti-Toxocara antibodies by an ELISA technique, using T. canis larvae excretion-secretion antigen. In the GI and GII, but not in the GIII, anti-Toxocara antibodies had been found, at least, up to the 180th post-infection day. The GIII only showed anti-Toxocara antibodies, at significant level, in the 30th post-infection day.
Palavras-chave : Toxocara canis; Antibodies anti-Toxocara; Experimental toxocariasis.