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Open Access Sleep and Temperature Responses of Inbred Mice with Candida albicans-Induced Pyelonephritis

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Human patients with renal disease frequently develop disturbed sleep and severe fatigue. To develop a model for studying factors that contribute to these symptoms, we characterized the sleep patterns of various strains of mice after acute challenge with the fungal organism Candida albicans. After intravenous administration to mice, C. albicans typically colonizes the kidney, producing acute pyelonephritis. Various strains of inbred mice demonstrate marked variation in the temperature and sleep responses that develop after challenge, with individual strains generally showing increased or reduced somnolence in association with fever or hypothermia, respectively. C. albicans-infected mice may be a useful model for identifying the genes and mechanisms that link sleep, temperature, fatigue, and the immune response.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • Comparative Medicine (CM), an international journal of comparative and experimental medicine, is the leading English-language publication in the field and is ranked by the Science Citation Index in the upper third of all scientific journals. The mission of CM is to disseminate high-quality, peer-reviewed information that expands biomedical knowledge and promotes human and animal health through the study of laboratory animal disease, animal models of disease, and basic biologic mechanisms related to disease in people and animals.

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