Delayed Type Hypersensitivity
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Delayed type hypersensitivity (DTH) reactions are antigen-specific cell-mediated immune responses that can invoke harmful aspects of immune function (e.g., allergic dermatitis and autoimmunity).
The immune reaction induced by the method described below is characterized by swelling at the site of challenge and by an infiltration of monocytes/macrophages and lymphocytes into the epidermis and dermis.
This model for skin DTH reactions has been widely used to monitor cell-mediated immune responses in vivo. Melior has established a model of delayed type hypersensitivity using sheep red blood cells (SRBC) as the antigen. Dexamethasone, a steroid anti-inflammatory, was employed to pharmacologically validate the assay.
The mouse DTH model is a test against an immunological inflammatory response. Animals that received vehicle treatment displayed an increased paw thickness compared to animals administered Dexamethasone, providing an immunological benefit. These data demonstrate a valid methodology for producing an allergic reaction in experimental animals and show that these animals are sensitive to pharmacological agents that are known to reduce allergic reactions.