Infection of rabbits with human immunodeficiency virus

G. Filice, P. M. Cereda, O. E. Varnier

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An important requirement for the development of vaccine against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1), the causative agent of AIDS, is a readily available animal model that would allow possible immunogens to be evaluated. The only species to have been infected with HIV-1 so far is the chimpanzee. However, the scarcity of this animal and its designation as an endangered species place severe restrictions on its use as an animal model. Attempts to infect mice, rats, hamsters, guinea-pigs, musk shrews, and rabbits with HIV-1 or infected cells have all been unsuccessful. We now report that the intraperitoneal inoculation of rabbits with HIV-1 or chronically infected H9 cells consistently induces a persistent infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-369
Number of pages4
Issue number6188
Publication statusPublished - 1988

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