The inbred BUF rat develops autoimmune thyroiditis spontaneously. The incidence is related to the age of the animal and is increased by neonatal thymectomy and by treatment with methylcholanthrene. Autoantibodies to thyroglobulin can be demonstrated by indirect immunofluorescence and hemagglutination, but skin tests are negative. The "spontaneous" autoimmune disease may be due to the conjunction of an unusually vigorous immunological response to thyroglobulin and the loss of thymic suppressor function.
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- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)