American Journal of Immunology

Rat Model for Poly-Autoimmunity

Maria Staykova

DOI : 10.3844/ajisp.2012.84.87

American Journal of Immunology

Volume 8, Issue 3

Pages 84-87


Around 30% of the male PVG rats have very low testosterone levels. Upon immunisation with myelin basic protein in complete Freund’s adjuvant they develop experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and adjuvant arthritis. The androgen insensitive syndrome in these rats could be used in studies on poly-autoimmunity as well as in studies on variations in the sexual differentiation of brain and behavior.


© 2012 Maria Staykova. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.