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Growth of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus in Organ Cultures of Mouse Pancreas

Naturevolume 207pages665666 (1965) | Download Citation



THE use of organ culture techniques in the investigation of animal virus diseases allows the examination of the histo-pathological processes of infection to be made under conditions which resemble more nearly the in vivo state than the monolayer type of cell culture, but which permit a considerable degree of control of the organ or tissue environment. As yet, this kind of investigation has not been widely made though observations have been reported on herpes simplex virus in skin1 and also with polyoma and vesicular stomatitis viruses in mouse metanephric rudiments2. Preliminary work with foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) has shown that in organ cultures of guinea-pig metatarsal pad3, virus multiplication will take place for up to four days, but only to a level at least 1,000-fold lower than in the metatarsal pads of the intact animal.

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    Present address: Nuffield Unit of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Liverpool, Ashton Street, Liverpool, 3


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