UNIT 26.3 Methods Used to Study Respiratory Virus Infection
Published Online: 1 JUN 2009
Copyright © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Lab Protocol Title
Current Protocols in Cell Biology
How to Cite
Flaño, E., Jewell, N. A., Durbin, R. K. and Durbin, J. E. 2009. Methods Used to Study Respiratory Virus Infection. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 43:26.3.1–26.3.28.
- Published Online: 1 JUN 2009
- Published Print: JUN 2009
This unit describes protocols for infecting the mouse respiratory tract, and assaying virus replication and host response in the lung. Respiratory infections are the leading cause of acute illness worldwide, affecting mostly infants and children in developing countries. The purpose of this unit is to provide a basic strategy and protocols to study the pathogenesis and immunology of respiratory virus infection using the mouse as an animal model. The procedures include: (1) basic techniques for mouse infection, tissue sampling, and preservation, (2) determination of viral titers, isolation and analysis of lymphocytes and dendritic cells using flow-cytometry, and (3) lung histology, immunohistochemistry, and in situ hybridization. Curr. Protoc. Cell Biol. 43:26.3.1-26.3.28. © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Keywords: respiratory viruses; pathology; immunohistochemistry; immunology; respiratory syncytial virus; influenza; murine -herpesvirus 68; lung; lymphoid organs; T lymphocytes; dendritic cells