Journal article

Collectin-mediated antiviral host defense of the lung: Evidence from influenza virus infection of mice

PC Reading, LS Morey, EC Crouch, EM Anders

Journal of Virology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 1997


Collagenous lectins (collectins) present in mammalian serum and pulmonary fluids bind to influenza virus and display antiviral activity in vitro, but their role in vivo has yet to be determined. We have used early and late isolates of H3N2 subtype influenza viruses that differ in their degree of glycosylation to examine the relationship between sensitivity to murine serum and pulmonary lectins in vitro and the ability of a virus to replicate in the respiratory tract of mice. A marked inverse correlation was found between these two parameters. Early H3 isolates (1968 to 1972) bear 7 potential glycosylation sites on hemagglutinin (HA), whereas later strains carry 9 or 10. Late isolates were sh..

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