The development of immune complex glomerulonephritis in DBA/2 mice infected with Friend murine leukemia virus (F-MuLV) was compared with that in mice protected against virus-induced disease by administration of chimpanzee anti-F-MuLV antiserum (CaF-MuLV). Morphologic analysis of glomeruli from viremic (infected) normal chimpanzee serum-treated animals revealed significant renal disease within 2 weeks following virus inoculation, with glomerular immune complex deposits and C-type viral particles seen by electron microscopy. Localization of F-MuLV envelope and core antigens (gp71 and p30, respectively) was also detected by immunofluorescence, as was murine IG and C3. However, age-matched DBA/2 mice treated with CaF-MuLV antiserum alone or following F-MuLV inoculation showed no evidence of systemic disease and neither localization of F-MuLV antigens nor detectable virus particles. These data indicate that in addition to erythroleukemia, F-MuLV infection results in severe immune complex glomerulonephritis and that passive immunotherapy can protect susceptible mice from both aspects of viral pathogenesis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal of the National Cancer Institute|
|State||Published - 1981|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research