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by A. Trevor Willis, M.D., B.S. (Melb.), Ph.D. (Leeds), M.C.Path., M.C.P.A., Reader in Microbiology, Monash University, formerly Lecturer in Bacteriology, University of Leeds. xiv + 234 pages, illustrated, second edition. Butterworth Inc., Washington. 1965. $8.50
Macrophage scavenger receptor A (MSR-A) deficient mice MSR-A(-/-) were infected by the intraperitoneal injection of the Plasmodium berghei NK65 strain in the erythrocytic stage. The MSR-A(-/-) mice died significantly earlier than the control mice (P=0.060). In the surviving mice, two peaks of parasitemia were observed: the first 5-7 days and the second at 2-3 weeks after infection. Death of all MSR-A(-/-) mice occurred at either peak of parasitemia, suggesting that MSR-A protects mice from severe infection. This model may be useful for the study of molecular mechanisms of macrophage functions in malaria infection.