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Indian J Med Res. 2019 Nov;150(5):486-491. doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_845_18.
Assessing the susceptibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses to oseltamivir using embryonated chicken eggs.
Tare DS1, Kode SS1, Hurt AC2, Pawar SD3.
Author information: 1 Avian Influenza Group, ICMR-National Institute of Virology-Microbial Containment Complex, Pune, Maharashtra, India. 2 WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference & Research on Influenza (VIDRL), Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immunity, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia. 3 ICMR-National Institute of Virology-Mumbai Unit, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES:
The susceptibility of influenza viruses to neuraminidase inhibitors (NAIs) is studied using enzyme-based assays, sequence analysis and in vitro and in vivo studies. Oseltamivir carboxylate (OC) is the active prodrug of the NAI oseltamivir. There is lack of information on the use of embryonated chicken eggs for studying susceptibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses to antiviral drugs. The aim of the present study was to assess the use of 10 day old embryonated chicken eggs for studying antiviral susceptibility of HPAI H5N1 viruses.
Two HPAI H5N1 viruses isolated from India were used in the study. Fluorescence-based NAI assay was performed to determine antiviral susceptibility of these viruses. In ovo antiviral assays were carried out using 10 day old embryonated chicken eggs. The virus dilutions were incubated with 14 μg/ml of OC and inoculated in the allantoic cavity. In the eggs, 50 per cent egg infectious dose (EID50) titres as well as mortality were quantitated.
The two viruses used were susceptible to OC in the NAI assay. It was found that there was a significant drop in EID50titres; however, no significant protection from mortality after OC treatment was observed.
INTERPRETATION & CONCLUSIONS:
By measuring viral titres, the egg model was suitable to study the susceptibility of HPAI viruses to antiviral drugs along with NAI assay. The present study highlights the use of eggs as a model to study susceptibility of HPAI viruses to OC.
KEYWORDS: Antivirals – embryonated chicken eggs – H5N1 – highly pathogenic avian influenza – oseltamivir
PMID: 31939392 DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_845_18
Keywords: Antivirals; Drugs resistance; Avian Influenza; H5N1; Animal models.