Immunity to Hymenolepis diminuta: unresponsiveness of the athymic nude mouse to infection

Parasitology. 1976 Feb;72(1):93-7. doi: 10.1017/s0031182000043225.


Male and female congenitally athymic nude (nu/nu) mice infected with a single cysticercoid of Hymenolepis diminuta at 6 weeks of age retain the infection for at least 33 days. In the males of their phenotypically normal litter-mates, however, a single cysticercoid infection establishes and grows but is expelled between days 11 and 17. The unresponsiveness of the nude mouse to single H. diminuta infection is evidence that the immune rejection from normal mice is thymus-dependent.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cestoda / immunology*
  • Female
  • Hymenolepiasis / immunology
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Mice, Nude / immunology*
  • Thymus Gland / immunology
  • Time Factors