Unit

UNIT 26.6 Methods for Monitoring Dynamics of Pulmonary RSV Replication by Viral Culture and by Real-Time Reverse Transcription–PCR In Vivo: Detection of Abortive Viral Replication

  1. Marina S. Boukhvalova,
  2. Kevin C. Yim,
  3. Gregory A. Prince,
  4. Jorge C.G. Blanco

Published Online: 1 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/0471143030.cb2606s46

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

Current Protocols in Cell Biology

How to Cite

Boukhvalova, M. S., Yim, K. C., Prince, G. A. and Blanco, J. C. 2010. Methods for Monitoring Dynamics of Pulmonary RSV Replication by Viral Culture and by Real-Time Reverse Transcription–PCR In Vivo: Detection of Abortive Viral Replication. Current Protocols in Cell Biology. 46:26.6:26.6.1–26.6.19.

Author Information

  1. Virion Systems, Rockville, Maryland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: MAR 2010

Abstract

Viral infection is normally detected either by viral culture or by PCR methods. Rarely is a combination of the two techniques used in the same study. Yet, when applied simultaneously, viral culture and PCR may reveal important features of viral biology, such as an abortive replication, as in the case of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. In this unit, we describe methods for detecting abortive RSV replication in a cotton rat model by using the plaque-forming unit assay and the real-time reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) assay. All steps of the process of monitoring viral replication in vivo are described, starting from the design of animal infection protocols. We continue on to the methods for extracting and processing lung samples for viral culture and RNA extraction, and finish with the actual methods of viral titration by the qRT-PCR and the plaque-forming unit assays. Curr. Protoc. Cell Biol. 46:26.6.1-26.6.19. © 2010 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords:

  • abortive replication;
  • RSV;
  • cotton rat