Virus-induced increases in airway mast cells in brown Norway rats are associated with enhanced pulmonary viral replication and persisting lymphocytic infiltration.


Brown Norway (BN) rats are more susceptible than Fischer 344 (F344) rats to parainfluenza virus-induced lung injury and to bronchiolar mast cell increases that are associated with persistent airway hyperresponsiveness. In this study, pulmonary viral replication as well as immune, inflammatory, and airway mast cell responses to Sendai virus infection were… (More)


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