To HAV or not to HAV: Novel hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection in a chimeric mouse model

  • Author / Creator
    Pang, Daniel
  • Chimpanzees have been previously used to study HAV infection in vivo but they are expensive and difficult to maintain and thus, there is a need for a small animal model. Our aim is to test the susceptibility of the SCID-beige/Alb-uPA mice with chimeric human/mouse livers to HAV infection. Chimeric mice were IV inoculated with HAV and HAV produced fully infectious particles within the serum and feces, by one week post-infection. eHAV circulated the blood of infected chimeric mice consistent with human infections. Due to the lack of an adaptive immune system, HAV caused a persistent infection with a lack of inflammation within the liver. Pre-exposure to neutralizing antibody was fully protective while IFN treatment was able to suppress HAV infection. This study shows that the chimeric mice are permissive to HAV infection and represent a valuable small animal model for future studies.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Specialization
    • Virology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Tyrrell, Lorne (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Houghton, Michael (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)
    • Schang, Luis (Biochemistry)
    • Smiley, James (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)