Immunity to an attenuated variant of Plasmodium berghei: role of some non-specific factors.


Plasmodium berghei XAT, an attenuated variant of lethal P. berghei, causes a resolving infection in Balb/c mice from which they recover in about 3 weeks. The parasitaemia displays an early peak at about 5 days, followed by a steep drop in parasite number associated with the appearance of degenerating forms inside mature erythrocytes; the parasites remaining… (More)