Mercury-induced renal autoimmunity in the MAXX rat.

Abstract

Inbred Brown Norway (BN) rats treated with mercuric chloride develop autoantibodies to renal basement membranes and an immunologically mediated membranous glomerulonephritis. To date, this experimental rat model of chemically induced autoimmunity has been obtained only in the BN strain, whereas rats from 17 other strains were found to be resistant. This is… (More)

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