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In vitro oncosphere-killing assays to determine immunity to the larvae of Taenia pisiformis, Taenia ovis, Taenia saginata, and Taenia solium

CT Kyngdon, CG Gauci, RA Rolfe, JCV Guzman, MJF Salazar, MRV Pimentel, AE Gonzalez, HH Garcia, RH Gilman, RA Strugnell, MW Lightowlers

JOURNAL OF PARASITOLOGY | ALLEN PRESS INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

Taeniid cestodes infect humans and livestock, causing considerable morbidity and mortality, as well as economic loss. Substantial progress has been made toward the production of recombinant vaccines against cysticercosis in livestock animals. Further development of these vaccines would be aided if a reliable in vitro test were available to measure host-protective immune responses in vaccinated animals. Here, we describe in vitro oncosphere-killing assays for the quantification of host-protective serum antibodies against Taenia pisiformis, Taenia ovis, Taenia saginata, and Taenia solium in rabbits, sheep, cattle, and pigs, respectively. Activated oncospheres of T. pisiformis, T. ovis, T. sagi..

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