Exploitation of gene knockout mice models to study the pathogenesis of leprosy.

Abstract

Shepard's technique for growth of Mycobacterium leprae in the mouse footpad, described in 1960, and more recent studies in thymectomized-irradiated mice and rats, athymic nude mice, nude rats and severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice have defined the role of T-cell mediated immunity (CMI) in leprosy. However, the normal mouse and the… (More)

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