Mouse models of Loa loa.

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Elimination of the helminth disease, river blindness, remains challenging due to ivermectin treatment-associated adverse reactions in loiasis co-infected patients. Here, we address a deficit in preclinical research tools for filarial translational research by developing Loa loa mouse infection models. We demonstrate that adult Loa loa worms in subcutaneous tissues, circulating microfilariae (mf) and presence of filarial biomarkers in sera occur following experimental infections of lymphopenic mice deficient in interleukin (IL)-2/7 gamma-chain signaling. A microfilaraemic infection model is also achievable, utilizing immune-competent or -deficient mice infused with purified Loa mf. Ivermectin but not benzimidazole treatments induce rapid decline (>90%) in parasitaemias in microfilaraemic mice. We identify up-regulation of inflammatory markers associated with allergic type-2 immune responses and eosinophilia post-ivermectin treatment. Thus, we provide validation of murine research models to identify loiasis biomarkers, to counter-screen candidate river blindness cures and to interrogate the inflammatory etiology of loiasis ivermectin-associated adverse reactions.


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Name: Nature communications
ISSN: 2041-1723
Pages: 1429


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