Polyplax spinulosa infestation and antibody response in various strains of laboratory rats

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1991
Authors:P. Volf
Journal:Folia Parasitologica (Praha)
Pagination:355 - 362
Date Published:1991
ISBN Number:0015-5683
Keywords:animals, Antibodies/blood, Antibody Formation/genetics, grooming, Ivermectin/therapeutic use, Lice Infestations/genetics/immunology/parasitology/veterinary, Lice/immunology, rat, Rodent Diseases/genetics/immunology/parasitology, Sex Factors

The degree and duration of Polyplax spinulosa Burm. infestation depend on the sex, age and genetic factors of the host. Various rat strains differ in the severity of lousiness. Host grooming is an important factor in the rat-louse relationship. After longlasting infestations rats become partially resistant. Serum antibody level depends mainly on the severity and the duration of the infestation, and follows the dynamics of louse population. Serum antibodies have no direct negative effect on lice.

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