[Importance of the time of sample taking in order to follow the variations in corticosteronemy during parasitism of the rat by Stronglyoides ratti (author's transl)]

Ann Parasitol Hum Comp. Mar-Apr 1979;54(2):227-35.
[Article in French]


The variations in corticosteronemy induced by the development of Stronglyoides ratti in the Rat can be detected both in the afternoon, when corticosteronemy reaches its maximum, and in the morning when it is at its lowest rate. Nevertheless, hypercorticosteronemy, which is at its maximum 48 hours after infestation, is more sensible in the morning, whereas on the contrary hypocorticosteronemy is more significant in the afternoon and then shows a sudden and very important drop which seems to coincide with the beginning of the expulsion of the adult worms. According to previous results, inhibition of the secretion of gluco-cortico-steroids is caused by the worms; furthermore, Ogilvie and Jones show the determinant role of sensitized lymphocytes, for the expulsion of antibody-damaged worms, whereas some authors suggest that eosinophils act as cytotoxic cells on sensitized helminths; the hypothesis may therefore be put forward that hypocorticosteronemy liberates the intervention of active lymphocytes and eosinophils, triggering so the phenomenon of spontaneous deparasiting.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Corticosterone / blood*
  • Feces / parasitology
  • Male
  • Parasite Egg Count
  • Rats
  • Strongyloides / immunology
  • Strongyloidiasis / blood*
  • Strongyloidiasis / immunology
  • Strongyloidiasis / parasitology
  • Time Factors


  • Corticosterone