ABSTRACT

Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular parasite that has a worldwide distribution and can infect almost all warm-blood animals. Serological tests are the main detection methods for T. gondii infection in animals and humans. Little is known of biological behavior, antibody responses, and virulence of T. gondii strains in mice from China. Here we document antibody responses, tissue cyst burden, and mouse virulence of T. gondii strains isolated from different hosts in China. All T. gondii strains formed tissue cysts in the brains of mice and positively correlated with the T. gondii antibody titer (R2 = 0.3345). These results should aid in the diagnosis and characterization of T. gondii isolates.

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