Exposure of female mice to type II collagen reduces susceptibility to collagen-induced arthritis in offspring.


The effect of exposure of female DBA/1 mice to collagen II (CII) prior to breeding on the susceptibility of their offspring to CII-induced arthritis (CIA) was investigated. It was found that female offspring, born within 3 months after exposure of the mothers to CII, had a significantly reduced incidence of CIA, following immunization with CII. Just prior… (More)