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Critical Reviews™ in Immunology

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevImmunol.v30.i2.20
pages 119-130

The Pathogenesis of Murine Coronavirus Infection of the Central Nervous System

Martin P. Hosking
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of California, Irvine, California
Thomas E. Lane
Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Institute for Immunology, and Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center University of California, Irvine, California

SINOPSIS

Mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) is a positive-strand RNA virus that causes an acute encephalomyelitis that later resolves into a chronic fulminating demyelinating disease. Cytokine production, chemokine secretion, and immune cell infiltration into the central nervous system are critical to control viral replication during acute infection. Despite potent antiviral T-lymphocyte activity, sterile immunity is not achieved, and MHV chronically persists within oligodendrocytes. Continued infiltration and activation of the immune system, a result of the lingering viral antigen and RNA within oligodendrocytes, lead directly to the development of an immune-mediated demyelination that bears remarkable similarities, both clinically and histologically, to the human demyelinating disease multiple sclerosis. MHV offers a unique model system for studying host defense during acute viral infection and immune-mediated demyelination during chronic infection.


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