New metrics for evaluating viral respiratory pathogenesis

Vineet D. Menachery, Lisa E. Gralinski, Ralph S. Baric, Martin T. Ferris

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Viral pathogenesis studies in mice have relied on markers of severe systemic disease, rather than clinically relevant measures, to evaluate respiratory virus infection; thus confounding connections to human disease. Here, whole-body plethysmography was used to directly measure changes in pulmonary function during two respiratory viral infections. This methodology closely tracked with traditional pathogenesis metrics, distinguished both virus- and dose-specific responses, and identified long-term respiratory changes following both SARS-CoV and Influenza A Virus infection. Together, the work highlights the utility of examining respiratory function following infection in order to fully understand viral pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0131451
JournalPloS one
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 26 2015
Externally publishedYes

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