Selective tropism of a neurotropic coronavirus for ependymal cells, neurons, and meningeal cells.

The ability of a neurotropic virus, mouse hepatitis virus type 3 (MHV3), to invade the central nervous system (CNS) and to recognize cells selectively within the brain was investigated in vivo and in vitro. In vivo, MHV3 induced in C3H mice a genetically controlled infection of meningeal cells, ependymal cells, and neurons. In vitro, purified MHV3 bound to… CONTINUE READING