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Volume 16, Number 4—April 2010

Research

Influenza A Strain-Dependent Pathogenesis in Fatal H1N1 and H5N1 Subtype Infections of Mice

Mutien-Marie Garigliany, Adélite Habyarimana, Bénédicte Lambrecht, Els Van de Paar, Anne Cornet, Thierry van den Berg, and Daniel DesmechtComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Liège, Liège, Belgium (M.-M. Garigliany, E. Van de Paar, A. Cornet, D. Desmecht); Veterinary Agrochemical Center, Brussels, Belgium (A. Habyarimana, B. Lambrecht, T. van den Berg).

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Figure 4

Photomicrographs of the lung sections of influenza A virus (H1N1)– and (H5N1)–infected mice at endpoint (hematoxylin and eosin stain). Dramatically different histopathologic signatures are observed, with either a mostly cellular reaction (H1N1) or a mostly humoral reaction (H5N1). Panels A, D, and G: 3 views of vehicle-infected lungs (original magnification ×100). Panels B and E, subtype H1N1: Dense granulocytic and lymphocytic cell infiltrates in the interstitium and around vessels and airways

Figure 4. Photomicrographs of the lung sections of influenza A virus (H1N1)– and (H5N1)–infected mice at endpoint (hematoxylin and eosin stain). Dramatically different histopathologic signatures are observed, with either a mostly cellular reaction (H1N1) or a mostly humoral reaction (H5N1). Panels A, D, and G: 3 views of vehicle-infected lungs (original magnification ×100). Panels B and E, subtype H1N1: Dense granulocytic and lymphocytic cell infiltrates in the interstitium and around vessels and airways with focally denuded lamina propria due to epithelial necrosis and desquamation (original magnification ×100). Panel C, subtype H5N1: Airway epithelium is intact; note the striking difference in the number of infiltrated inflammatory cells between subtypes H1N1- and H5N1-infected lungs. Dramatic congestion of the vessels is visible, with extensive interstitial and alveolar edema (original magnification ×100). Panel F, subtype H5N1: Alveoli are completely filled with edema and hemorrhages; cellular infiltrates are conspicuously absent (original magnification ×200). Panel H, subtype H1N1: An airway with a totally denuded lamina propria is shown (top, left), with its lumen filled with granulocytic and lymphocytic exsudate (original magnification ×200). A prominent periarteriolar lymphocytic cuff is visible (bottom right). Panel I, subtype H5N1: Moderate inflammatory cell infiltrate, with no cuffing of any airway or vessel; an airway with a still intact epithelium is shown, located just beside a vessel with dramatic peripheral edema (original magnification ×200).

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