Volume 35, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



C57BL/6 mice were immunized against infection with a subcutaneous vaccination protocol. Groups received 3 injections at 4-day intervals combining glucan and killed promastigotes harvested from either logarithmic or stationary phase cultures. Controls were immunized with glucan alone, stationary or log phase promastigotes alone, or were untreated. All groups were challenged intravenously with stationary phase promastigotes at day 45 post-immunization. Results revealed that animals immunized with the glucan-killed parasite vaccine, utilizing promastigotes derived from either log (GP) or stationary phase cultures (GP), demonstrated significant resistance against infection as compared to controls or untreated mice. Additionally, the reduction in hepatic amastigote proliferation in mice immunized with GP was significantly greater than in mice immunized with GP.


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