© 1985

The BALB/c Mouse

Genetics and Immunology

  • Michael Potter

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 122)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. History of the BALB/c Family

    1. M. Potter
      Pages 1-5
  3. Genetic Differences in BALB/c Sublines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. J. Hilgers, R. van Nie, D. Iványi, J. Hilkens, R. Michalides, J. de Moes et al.
      Pages 19-30
    3. W. H. Murphy, G. L. Bolgos
      Pages 38-42
    4. M. J. Rogers, G. Galetto, R. Matthai, M. Potter
      Pages 43-49
    5. V. Pachnis, A. Belayew, S. M. Tilghman
      Pages 50-52
    6. E. P. Blankenhorn, J. S. Wax, R. Matthai, M. Potter
      Pages 53-57
    7. R. Kominami, M. Muramatsu, K. Sudo, H. Yoshikura, H. Suzuki, K. Moriwaki et al.
      Pages 58-65
    8. E. Gubbels, R. Poort-Keesom, J. Hilgers
      Pages 86-88
    9. D. Gallahan, J. Robbins, L. Byrd, R. Callahan
      Pages 89-94
  4. Differences in Response to Infections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. J. M. Blackwell, B. Roberts, J. Alexander
      Pages 97-106

About this book


The mouse was first used in immunological research by Paul Ehrlich in 1891 in an extraordinary series of experiments on the maternal transfer of antitoxic immunity. A short 22 years later in 1913 Halsey Bagg acquired a stock of albino mice from a commercial dealer and used them in a series of experiments on learning. Because he was interested in the genetics of intelligence, Halsey Bagg began breeding a pedigreed line of these mice that were subsequently named for him - Bagg Albino. Though Halsey Bagg is not credited with initiating the inbred strains of mice, his stock curiously has played an indisputably important role. Bagg Albinos were progenitors of the present day BALB/c family of sublines - the subject of this book. They were also used as one of the parents in the development of inbred strains A, CBA and C3H, three other very famous strains. Today the BALB/c mouse is among the five most widely used inbred strains in biomedical research and a particular favorite in immunology and infectious disease research. The hallmark of the BALB/c response to so many kinds of infections is susceptibility and sometimes an exaggerated susceptibility, but this paradoxically is not associated with immunodeficiency as BALB/c is an excellent responder to immuni­ zation. These characteristics have made the BALB/c mouse a model for identifying genes that determine susceptibility to infectious and neoplastic diseases. In 1985 the laboratory BALB/c mouse became 72 years old. The current filial generations are somewhere around 350 generations [MURPHY].


diseases genetics immunodeficiency immunology infection infections infectious disease

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Potter
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Genetics, National Cancer InstituteNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The BALB/c Mouse
  • Book Subtitle Genetics and Immunology
  • Editors Michael Potter
  • Series Title Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-15834-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-70742-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-70740-7
  • Series ISSN 0070-217X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 253
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Microbiology
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