A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit

P. L. Williams, R. A. Sobel, K. N. Sorensen, K. V. Clemons, L. M. Shuer, S. S. Royaltey, Y. Yao, D. Pappagianis, J. E. Lutz, C. Reed, M. E. River, B. Lee C, S. U. Bhatti, D. A. Stevens

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Abstract

Coccidioidal meningitis is a devastating complication of disseminated coccidioidomycosis. An animal model of this infection could enhance understanding of the pathogenesis of the disease and lead to improvements in therapy. A rabbit model of central nervous system infection simulating human disease was established using a blind cisternal tap technique to inoculate 4 x 103-1 x 106 arthroconidia of Coccidioides immitis into the cisterna magna. Systemic, neurologic, and histopathologic findings of meningitis were observed in all rabbits, but an inoculum of 2 x 104 arthroconidia produced a chronic illness in which meningeal endarteritis obliterans was consistently observed. serial sampling of cerebrospinal fluid demonstrated an inflammatory response. Growth of C. immitis was demonstrated by quantitative fungal culture from brains and proximal spinal cords.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1217-1221
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume178
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998

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Coccidioides
Meningoencephalitis
Vasculitis
Meningitis
Endarteritis
Cisterna Magna
Coccidioidomycosis
Rabbits
Central Nervous System Infections
Neurologic Manifestations
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Spinal Cord
Chronic Disease
Animal Models
Brain
Growth
Infection
Therapeutics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Immunology

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Williams, P. L., Sobel, R. A., Sorensen, K. N., Clemons, K. V., Shuer, L. M., Royaltey, S. S., ... Stevens, D. A. (1998). A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit. Journal of Infectious Diseases, 178(4), 1217-1221.

A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit. / Williams, P. L.; Sobel, R. A.; Sorensen, K. N.; Clemons, K. V.; Shuer, L. M.; Royaltey, S. S.; Yao, Y.; Pappagianis, D.; Lutz, J. E.; Reed, C.; River, M. E.; Lee C, B.; Bhatti, S. U.; Stevens, D. A.

In: Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 178, No. 4, 1998, p. 1217-1221.

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Williams, PL, Sobel, RA, Sorensen, KN, Clemons, KV, Shuer, LM, Royaltey, SS, Yao, Y, Pappagianis, D, Lutz, JE, Reed, C, River, ME, Lee C, B, Bhatti, SU & Stevens, DA 1998, 'A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit', Journal of Infectious Diseases, vol. 178, no. 4, pp. 1217-1221.
Williams PL, Sobel RA, Sorensen KN, Clemons KV, Shuer LM, Royaltey SS et al. A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1998;178(4):1217-1221.
Williams, P. L. ; Sobel, R. A. ; Sorensen, K. N. ; Clemons, K. V. ; Shuer, L. M. ; Royaltey, S. S. ; Yao, Y. ; Pappagianis, D. ; Lutz, J. E. ; Reed, C. ; River, M. E. ; Lee C, B. ; Bhatti, S. U. ; Stevens, D. A. / A model of Coccidioidal meningoencephalitis and cerebrospinal vasculitis in the rabbit. In: Journal of Infectious Diseases. 1998 ; Vol. 178, No. 4. pp. 1217-1221.
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