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Eosinophils and Respiratory Virus Infection: A Dual-Standard Curve qRT-PCR-Based Method for Determining Virus Recovery from Mouse Lung Tissue

  • Caroline M. Percopo
  • Kimberly D. Dyer
  • Kendal A. Karpe
  • Joseph B. Domachowske
  • Helene F. RosenbergEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1178)


Several lines of investigation have indicated a role for eosinophilic leukocytes in limiting virus infectivity and promoting virion clearance. We have established a respiratory virus infection model with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM; family Paramyxoviridae), a natural mouse pathogen that replicates the more severe forms of human disease elicited by the phylogenetically related respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). In this chapter, we present a rapid and highly reproducible dual-standard curve qRT-PCR based method for quantitative detection of PVM replication in mouse lung tissue. We have used this assay to evaluate eosinophil-mediated antiviral host defense in mouse models of cytokine and antigen-driven eosinophilic inflammation.

Key words

Inflammation Leukocyte Eosinophil Pneumonia virus of mice Polymerase chain reaction 



Support provided by NIAID Division of Intramural Research (AI000941 and AI000943) to HFR and Children’s Miracle Network of New York to JBD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caroline M. Percopo
    • 1
  • Kimberly D. Dyer
    • 1
  • Kendal A. Karpe
    • 1
  • Joseph B. Domachowske
    • 2
  • Helene F. Rosenberg
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Inflammation Immunobiology SectionNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of PediatricsSUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Laboratory of Allergic Diseases, Inflammation Immunobiology SectionNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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