ROLE OF INTERFERON IN THE PROPAGATION OF MM VIRUS IN L CELLS
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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MM virus propagated in mouse brain replicates to low titers in L cells without production of cytopathic effect CPE. After growing the virus in BHK-21 cells, however, the virus replicates to high titers in L cells with complete CPE. It was found that suspensions of MM virus propagated in L cells directly from the mouse brain contained much more interferon than did suspensions of virus which had first been grown in BHK-21 cells. Mouse brain suspensions of the virus were also found to contain high interferon titers. Treatment of L cells with actinomycin D before infection with mouse brain-grown virus resulted in full virus replication with CPE. BHK-21 cell-grown virus diluted in L cell interferon behaved like mouse brain-grown virus in L cells. It is concluded that the presence of interferon in the inoculum is largely responsible for the suppression of MM virus replication in L cells.