Pathogenetic Aspects of Hepatitis A Virus Infection in Enterally Inoculated Marmosets

Am J Clin Pathol. 1981 Nov;76(5):698-706. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/76.5.698.

Abstract

Experimental hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection was studied in marmosets after enteral (intragastric) inoculation with special reference to the primary sites of HAV replication and immunopathology of the disease. The experiment was carried out using 28 Saguinus mystax negative for antibody to HAV (anti-HAV) and with statistically uniform baseline values of serum isocitrate dehydrogenase (SICD) activity. Each animal was infected with 1 ml of a 15% w/v stool suspension that was derived from marmosets infected with the third or fourth passage of the MS-1 strain of HAV. The incubation period measured by the first significant SICD elevation was 32 days in 11 of 13 marmosets. The animals were sacrificed 2, 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 23, 28, and 32 days after inoculation and 1, 4, 8, 14, 21, 28, and 35 days after SICD elevation. HAV antigen, immunoglobulins, complement, and fibrin were identified in the liver, eight segments of the gastrointestinal tract, lymphoid system, and kidneys. HAV antigen was found only in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes and in gallbladder bile. These findings indicated that the liver was the sole and primary site of virus replication. Combined immunomorphologic and histopathologic observations also revealed that HAV antigen localization was associated with the sites of hepatocellular damage. There was no immunomorphologic evidence for humoral immune clearance of HAV antigen in the liver, lymphoid system, or kidneys.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, Viral
  • Autopsy
  • Complement C1
  • Complement C3
  • Enteral Nutrition*
  • Feces / analysis
  • Hepatitis A / etiology*
  • Hepatitis A / pathology
  • Hepatovirus / immunology
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase / blood
  • Liver / pathology
  • Saguinus

Substances

  • Antigens, Viral
  • Complement C1
  • Complement C3
  • Immunoglobulin A
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunoglobulin M
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Isocitrate Dehydrogenase