Cells were analyzed by using a FACSRIA II apparatus and Flowjo software (both from Becton Dickinson Biosciences). To examine the incorporation of the native and chimeric gDs into the NDV virions, SPF embryonated eggs were infected with rNDV and allantoic fluid was harvested
48 h postinfection. The allantoic fluids were clarified by low-speed centrifugation, and the viruses were concentrated by ultracentrifugation through a 25% w/v sucrose in PBS at 130,000 × g at 4 °C for 2 h and resuspended in PBS. The viral proteins in the purified virus preparations were analyzed by SDS-PAGE followed by Coomassie GW3965 in vitro blue staining. The pathogenicity of the recombinant viruses for chickens was determined by two internationally-established in vivo tests: www.selleckchem.com/products/SB-431542.html the mean death time (MDT) test in 9-day-old SPF embryonated chicken eggs and the intracerebral pathogenicity index (ICPI) test in 1-day-old SPF chickens. The MDT test was performed by a standard procedure . Briefly, a series of 10-fold dilutions of fresh allantoic fluid from eggs infected with the test virus were made in sterile PBS, and 0.1 ml of each dilution was inoculated into the allantoic cavity of each of five 9-day-old embryonated chicken eggs. The eggs were incubated at 37 °C and examined four times daily for 7 days. The time that each embryo was first observed dead was recorded. The highest dilution that killed all
embryos was considered the minimum lethal dose. The MDT was recorded as the time (in
h) for the minimum lethal dose to kill the embryos. The MDT has been used to classify NDV strains as velogenic (taking under 60 h to kill), mesogenic (taking between 60 and 90 h to kill), and lentogenic (taking more than 90 h to kill). The ICPI test was performed as described previously . Briefly, fresh allantoic fluid from eggs infected with the test virus was diluted 10-fold and inoculated into groups of ten 1-day-old SPF chicks via the intracerebral route. The inoculation was done using a 27-gauge needle 17-DMAG (Alvespimycin) HCl attached to a 1-ml stepper syringe dispenser that was set to dispense 0.05 ml of inoculum per inoculation. The birds were observed daily for 8 days, and at each observation, the birds were scored 0 if normal, 1 if sick, and 2 if dead. The ICPI value is the mean score per bird per observation. Highly virulent viruses give values approaching 2, and avirulent viruses give values approaching 0. The gD-specific immune response to the recombinant viruses was examined in 2-week-old SPF white leghorn chickens (SPAFAS, Norwich, CT). Chickens were inoculated once with 100 μl of fresh allantoic fluid containing the rLaSota, rLaSota/gDFL or rLaSota/gDF virus (hemagglutination titer of 28) through the oculo-nasal route. Chickens were observed daily for nasal discharge or respiratory symptoms and weight loss for 2 weeks post-immunization.