Sex-related immunocompetence of BALB/c mice. I. Study of immunologic responsiveness of neonatal, weanling, and young adult mice

U. Krzych, G. B. Thurman, A. L. Goldstein, J. P. Bressler, H. R. Strausser

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Abstract

The responses of lymphoid cells from the thymus, lymph nodes, and spleen of male and female BALB/c mice were evaluated to determine if sex-related variations in immune expression could be found. Immunologic assays used included blastogenic responses to mitogens, mixed lymphocyte responses, and direct and indirect measurement of plaque-forming cells against soluble and particulate antigens. The results indicated that responses of spleen cells from young adult female mice were higher than those of males in all comparative tests. Little or no differences between the sexes were observed in the mitogenesis of lymph nodes and thymuses. Newborn mice did not demonstrate the sex-associated immune differences. Among the weanling mice slight differences between male and female spleen cells responsiveness to mitogenic agents were observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2568-2574
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immunology
Volume123
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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