European H16N3 gull influenza virus attaches to the human respiratory tract and eye.

Lindskog C, Ellström P, Olsen B, Pontén F, van Riel D, Munster VJ, González-Acuña D, Kuiken T, Jourdain E

PLoS ONE 8 (4) e60757 [2013-04-08; online 2013-04-08]

We explored the attachment of an H16N3 influenza virus to human, mallard, and gull tissues using virus histochemistry applied to tissue microarrays and employing human and mallard viruses as references. Of the viruses tested, the H16N3 gull virus most readily attached to the human respiratory tract and eye. These results underscore the need to assess the potential for gull influenza viruses to replicate in human tissues and further investigate the role of gulls in influenza virus ecology.

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PubMed 23593303

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0060757

Crossref 10.1371/journal.pone.0060757

PONE-D-12-38518

pmc PMC3620227