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Delayed-type Hypersensitivity in Mice after Skin and Tumour Allografts and Tumour Isografts

Nature volume 222, pages 10011003 (07 June 1969) | Download Citation

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ALLOGRAFT rejection is usually grouped with delayed hypersensitivity, acquired cellular resistance to infection and some types of auto-immune disease as a form of cell-mediated immunity, implying that all these phenomena may share a common immunological mechanism. The rejection of skin allografts is generally accompanied by the development of delayed-type hypersensitivity to graft antigens. Reactions having the time-course and macroscopic and microscopic features of skin reactions in delayed-type hypersensitivity have been elicited by injecting donor antigen (in the form of lymphoid cells or extracts thereof) into sensitized humans, guinea-pigs, hamsters, dogs and rats1–3. Similar reactions could not be elicited in mice1. Here we describe the induction of delayed hypersensitivity reactions in the footpads of mice. Because resistance to isografts of chemically induced tumours in mice may also be a form of cell mediated immunity4, we have also tested whether similar reactions can be elicited after tumour isografting in mice.

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    • D. S. NELSON

    Present address: WHO Immunology Research and Training Centre University of Singapore, Faculty of Medicine, Sepoy Lines, Singapore 3.

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  1. Department of Bacteriology, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006.

    • WENDY E. HOY
    •  & D. S. NELSON

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