The armadillo as a model for peripheral neuropathy in leprosy.

  title={The armadillo as a model for peripheral neuropathy in leprosy.},
  author={Richard W. Truman and Gigi J. Ebenezer and Maria T. Pena and Rahul Sharma and Gayathriy Balamayooran and Thomas H Gillingwater and David M. Scollard and Justin C. Mcarthur and Anura Rambukkana},
  journal={ILAR journal},
  volume={54 3},
Leprosy (also known as Hansen's Disease) is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae that primarily targets the peripheral nervous system; skin, muscle, and other tissues are also affected. Other than humans, nine-banded armadillos (Dasypus novemcinctus) are the only natural hosts of M. leprae, and they are the only laboratory animals that develop extensive neurological involvement with this bacterium. Infection in the armadillo closely recapitulates many of the structural… CONTINUE READING