Induction of candidal vaginitis in diabetic mice and attempts to prevent the infection

E. Segal, A. Josef-Lev

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Abstract

In the present study on the induction and prevention of candidal vaginal infection in diabetic mice, ICR female mice were rendered diabetic by intraperitoneal injections of 160 mg kg-1 streptozotocin (SZ) which induced a stable non-lethal diabetic state apparent 2-7 days post-SZ injection. Diabetic mice and non-diabetic controls were inoculated intravaginally with 107-1010Candida albicans yeasts. Infection was evaluated by the number of infected mice 3 days post-inoculation and the rate of clearance of infection during a 35-day follow-up. All C. albicans doses investigated induced vaginal infection in the diabetic mice, while in the non-diabetic controls only 40% of those inoculated with the lower (107 CFU) dose developed infection. The yeast load in the diabetic mice was 10-fold higher than in the controls and the duration of infection was longer. In an attempt to prevent infection intravaginal treatment with 5-40 mg of a chitin derivative (CSE) mouse-1 was given prior and pre- and post-inoculation with C. albicans. The optimal CSE treatment regimen was both pre- and post-administration of 10 or 20 mg CSE mouse-1 which significantly reduced the number of infected animals and also the duration of infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Mycology
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

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