Table 1: Primers used for amplification of hamster-specific genes. Primer sequences were designed based on hamster-specific gene sequences reported in the Gene databank, NCBI, NIH. Primer sequence as well as molecular weight expected of the PCR product is shown.

Primer definitionPrimer sequenceMolecular weight of the PCR product (bp)

IL-4 Forward5′-CCAGGTCACAGAAAAAGGGA-3′247
IL-4 Reverse5′-CGTGGACTCATTCACATTGC-3′
IL-6 Forward5′-CAACAAGTCGGAGGTTTGGT-3′302
IL-6 Reverse5′-AGGGTTTTGATGGTGCTCTG-3′
IL-10 Forward5′-CTGACTCCTTACTGCAGGACT-3′267
IL-10 Reverse5′-TGAAGACGCCTTTCTCTTGG-3′
IL-12 Forward5′-CTCTGAGCCACTCACGA-3′167
IL-12 Reverse5′-GTCAGTGCTGATTGCA-3′
IFN-γ Forward5′-CAAAAGGCTGGTGACACAAA-3′326
IFN-γ Reverse5′-TTCTTGTTGGGACGATTTCC-3′
TNF-α Forward5′-GGGAAGAGAAGTTCCCCAAC-3′229
TNF-α Reverse5′-TAAACCAGGTACAGCCCGTC-3′
18S Forward5′-CGCGGTTCTATTTTGTTGGT-3′219
18S Reverse5′-AGTCGGCATCGTTTATGGTC-3′

bp: base pairs.