Scientific paper 15 – The haemagglutinins of influenza A (H1N1) viruses in the ‘O’ or ‘D’ phases exhibit biological and antigenic differences

February 27, 2017 2:16 pm

The haemagglutinins of influenza A (H1N1) viruses in the ‘O’ or ‘D’ phases exhibit biological and antigenic differences

Journal: Epidimiology and Infection,  1993 Aug;111(1):135-42

Authors: Azzi A, Bartolomei-Corsi O, Zakrzewska K, Cocoran T, Newman R, Roberston J S,  Yates P, Oxford J S

Abstract

Influenza A (H1N1) viruses when initially isolated in mammalian cell cultures (MDCK cells) had different agglutination reactions with chicken and guinea-pig erythrocytes compared to the same viruses after passage. On first isolation the virus HA resembled the ‘O’ phase viruses described originally by Burnet and Bull and agglutinated mammalian but not avian erythrocytes. After passage, the virus HA resembled a classical ‘D’ phase virus and agglutinated both avian and mammalian erythrocytes. Monoclonal and polyclonal antisera detected antigenic differences between the HAs of the viruses in the ‘O’ and ‘D’ phases. The ‘O’ phase virus HA reacted preferentially with antibodies in post infection human antisera. Viruses in the ‘O’ phase replicated poorly in the allantoic cavity of embryonated hens’ eggs whilst ‘D’ phase virus replicated in both MDCK cells and in embryonated hens’ eggs. At least three distinguishable subpopulations of influenza A (H1N1) viruses may co-exist in clinical throat swab material, including viruses possessing HAs in the ‘O’ and ‘D’ phases and other ‘D’ phase viruses cultivable in embryonated hens’ eggs but antigenically distinguishable from the corresponding ‘D’ phase virus in MDCK cells.

PMID: 8348927

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