Genetically mast cell-deficient WBB6F1-W/Wv mice showed an apparent defect in manifestation of the resistance against larval Haemaphysalis longicornis ticks, but their serum IgE levels increased more than 100-fold after the second tick infestation. Immune sera obtained from the WBB6F1-W/Wv mice were adoptively transferred to the other WBB6F1-W/Wv mice which had received intracutaneous injections of WBB6F1-+/+ mouse-derived cultured mast cells. Because the resistance against ticks was detectable only when both mast cells and IgE antibodies were available, immediate hypersensitivity reaction appeared to have a physiologic role in the manifestation of the resistance against H. longicornis ticks.

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