Volume 26, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Immunoglobulins, anti- antibodies, complement components and schistosome antigens were investigated in milk from mothers infected with . No significant differences of immunoglobulins or complement component levels were observed between infected and control mothers. Anti- antibodies were detected in the milk of 8 out of 25 infected mothers. A significant relationship was observed between serum and milk antibody levels. Two circulating antigens, parasite “M” antigen and antigen “4,” were demonstrated in milk from infected patients by the double diffusion micromethod. The function of these immunologically active substances transmitted by milk from mother to child is discussed.


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