Experimental Immune Oophoritis As a Model for Studying the Thymus-Ovary Interaction: 1. Morphological Studies

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  • MARIA IVANOVA,

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    1. Institute of Biology and Immunology of Reproduction and Central Laboratory for Brain Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • VIOLETA BOURNEVA,

    1. Institute of Biology and Immunology of Reproduction and Central Laboratory for Brain Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • LUDMIL GITSOV,

    1. Institute of Biology and Immunology of Reproduction and Central Laboratory for Brain Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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  • ZORKA ANGELOVA

    1. Institute of Biology and Immunology of Reproduction and Central Laboratory for Brain Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
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Institute of Biology and Immunology of Reproduction, 73 Lenin Avenue, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The experimental immune oophoritis (EIO) model was used to study the functional relationship between the ovary and organs of the immune system. EIO was developed in Balb/c mice by twofold subcutaneous injection of saline ovarian extract in complete Freund's adjuvant. The ovary, thymus, and spleen were investigated histologically, histoautoradiographically, and electromicroscopically on days 7, 14, 21, and 28 after immunization. EIO was manifested by massive atresia of follicles and perivascular mononuclear cell infiltration. The appearance of the germinal center like structures in the thymus and increased T cell mitotic activity and B cell stimulation in the spleen pointed out that EIO is mediated both by T and B cells.

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