Ferret airway epithelial cell cultures support efficient replication of influenza B virus but not mumps virus
Ruth A. Elderfield, Lauren Parker, Peter Stilwell, Kim L. Roberts, Silke Schepelmann, Wendy S. Barclay
Imperial College London
Journal of General Virology
Ferrets have become the model animal of choice for influenza pathology and transmission experiments as they are permissive and susceptible to human influenza A viruses. However, inoculation of ferrets with mumps virus (MuV) did not lead to successful infections. We evaluated the use of highly differentiated ferret tracheal epithelium cell cultures, FTE, for predicting the potential of ferrets to support respiratory viral infections. FTE cultures supported productive replication of human influenza A and B viruses but not of MuV, whereas analogous cells generated from human airways supported replication of all three viruses. We propose that in vitro strategies using these cultures might serve as a method of triaging viruses and potentially reducing the use of ferrets in viral studies.
Proliferation (directly after isolation) and differentiation of ferret airway cells