Early inflammatory responses to Candida albicans infection in inbred and complement-deficient mice

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Abstract

Inflammatory responses that developed in the footpad during the first 48 h after inoculation of Candida albicans were compared in six genetically defined inbred strains of mice. Tissue responses consisted predominantly of accumulations of polymorphonuclear leucocytes, the magnitude of which was significantly less in mice lacking the fifth component of complement (C5). Despite this, there was no difference between CS-sufficient and CS-deficient mice in the total infectious burden, nor did depletion of complement by treatment with cobra venom factor cause any detectable reduction in the numbers of inflammatory cells in the area of the lesion. Ablation of granulocytes had no significant effect on the fungal burden over the period of the experiment. Immunisation provided some protection against tissue damage, but did not reduce the number of yeasts at the site of infection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-94
JournalPathogens and Disease
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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