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PLoS One. 2011;6(12):e29255. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0029255. Epub 2011 Dec 29.

Exogenous IFN-alpha administration reduces influenza A virus replication in the lower respiratory tract of rhesus macaques.

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Center for Comparative Medicine, University of California Davis, Davis, California, United States of America.

Abstract

To determine the role of innate immune responses in controlling influenza A virus replication, rhesus macaques (RM) were administered pegylated IFN-alpha prior to virus challenge. Systemic and mucosal pegylated IFN-alpha administration induced expression of the interferon-stimulated genes (ISG) MxA and OAS in the airways. RM treated with IFN-alpha 24 hours prior to influenza virus challenge had significantly lower peak vRNA levels in the trachea compared to untreated animals. In addition to blunting viral replication, IFN-alpha treatment minimized the weight loss and spike in body temperature after influenza infection of RM. These results confirm the importance of IFN-alpha induced innate immune responses in the rapid control of influenza A virus replication in primates.

PMID:
22220209
PMCID:
PMC3248419
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0029255
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