In vivo experiments in animal models of disease are of crucial importance for viral tropism and pathogenesis studies. However, these experiments must be complemented with in vitro and ex vivo experiments. Here, we describe a protocol for the preparation and ex vivo infection of lung slices from different mammalian host species with various respiratory paramyxoviruses expressing fluorescent reporter proteins, and suggest follow-up experiments including immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and confocal microscopy.

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Keywords Ex vivo model, Infection, Lung slice, Paramyxovirus, Pathogenesis, Respiratory virus
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Journal Methods and Protocols
de Vries, R.D, Rennick, L.J, Duprex, W.P, & de Swart, R.L. (2018). Paramyxovirus infections in ex vivo lung slice cultures of different host species. Methods and Protocols, 1(2), 1–9. doi:10.3390/mps1020012