Variable expression of Lactobacillus casei cell wall-induced coronary arteritis: an animal model of Kawasaki's disease in selected inbred mouse strains.


Mice receiving a single intraperitoneal injection of Lactobacillus casei cell wall fragments in aqueous suspension develop an asymmetric inflammatory coronary arteritis which histologically mimics the lesions seen in the coronary arteritis of children with Kawasaki's disease. A large variety of mice with genetically determined defects of the immune system… (More)


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