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Congenitally Athymic (Nude) Mice and Their Application to the Study of Immunity and Aging

  • John W. Jutila
Part of the Comprehensive Immunology book series (COMIMUN, volume 1)

Abstract

Numerous studies in several mammalian species, including man, mice, rats, and hamsters have established a strong relationship between the aging process and a decline in the functional capacity of the immune system (Walford, 1969). The socalled immunologic theory of aging predicts that genetic and induced defects in the immune apparatus may seriously compromise the general health of man or animals by failing to thwart infections and neoplasia on the one hand, and, on the other, by responding to self-antigens to produce destructive autoimmune disorders.

Keywords

Nude Mouse Harderian Gland Thymus Gland Polyoma Virus Passive Cutaneous Anaphylaxis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Jutila
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyMontana State UniversityBozemanUSA

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