Immunologic Defenses against Metastases: Impairment by Excision of an Allotransplanted Lymphoma

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Science  09 Feb 1968:
Vol. 159, Issue 3815, pp. 646-648
DOI: 10.1126/science.159.3815.646


Hamsters grafted with an allotransplantable lymphoma that does not metastasize develop a state of concomitant immunity which renders them refractory to reinoculation with cells of the same tumor. Removal of the tumor 7 days after transplantation rapidly leads to a decrease in immunity, the production of enhancing antibodies, and the appearance of metastatic deposits which are probably derived from preexisting tumor cells in the blood and lymphoid tissuces.