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A rapid method for infectivity titration of Andes hantavirus using flow cytometry


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Barriga, Gonzalo P; Martínez-Valdebenito, Constanza; Galeno, Héctor; Ferrés, Marcela; Lozach, Pierre-Yves et Tischler, Nicole D. (2013). A rapid method for infectivity titration of Andes hantavirus using flow cytometry Journal of Virological Methods , vol. 193 , nº 2. pp. 291-294. DOI: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2013.06.022.

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The focus assay is currently the most commonly used technique for hantavirus titer determination. This method requires an incubation time of between 5 and 11 days to allow the appearance of foci after several rounds of viral infection. The following work presents a rapid Andes virus (ANDV) titration assay, based on viral nucleocapsid protein (N) detection in infected cells by flow cytometry. To this end, an anti-N monoclonal antibody was used that was developed and characterized previously. ANDV N could be detected as early as 6. h post-infection, while viral release was not observed until 24-48. h post-infection. Given that ANDV detection was performed during its first round of infection, a time reduction for titer determination was possible and provided results in only two days. The viral titer was calculated from the percentage of N positive cells and agreed with focus assay titers. Furthermore, the assay was applied to quantify the inhibition of ANDV cell entry by patient sera and by preventing endosome acidification. This novel hantavirus titration assay is a highly quantitative and sensitive tool that facilitates infectivity titration of virus stocks, rapid screening for antiviral drugs, and may be further used to detect and quantify infectious virus in human samples. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: Flow cytometry; Focus assay; Hantavirus; Infectious virus; titration; Nucleoprotein
Centre: Centre INRS-Institut Armand Frappier
Date de dépôt: 12 oct. 2016 20:04
Dernière modification: 12 oct. 2016 20:04
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/2858

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