Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    CXCR2 Regulates Respiratory Syncytial Virus-induced Airway Hyperreactivity and Mucus Overproduction (2003)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Miller, Allison L
    Strieter, Robert M
    Gruber, Achim D (WE 12)
    Ho, Samuel B
    Lukacs, Nicholas W
    Journal of immunology; 170(6) — S. 3348–3356
    ISSN: 0022-1767
    Pubmed: 12626595
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Severe inflammation and mucus overproduction are partially responsible for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-induced disease in infants. Using a murine model, we characterized the virally induced chemokine receptors responsible for mediating the pathophysiological response to RSV infection, we found that CXCR2 mRNA was induced at 4 days after RSV infection. Immunohistochemical staining demonstrated that CXCR2 protein was expressed on alveolar macrophages. Immunoneutralization of CXCR2 resulted in decreased airway hyperreactivity relative to the RSV-infected controls. In addition, there was decreased mucus in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, decreased periodic-acid Schiff staining, and significantly less mucus-associated gob-5 mRNA and protein in anti-CXCR2-treated mice. The effects of anti-CXCR2 treatment were not a result of differences in viral clearance or neutrophil influx, as these parameters were comparable in both groups of animals. To confirm our immunoneutralization studies, we performed experiments in CXCR2(-/-) mice. Results in CXCR2(-/-) mice recapitulated results from our immunoneutralization studies. However, CXCR2(-/-) mice also showed a statistically significant decrease in muc5ac, relative to RSV-infected wild-type animals. Thus, CXCR2 may be a relevant target in the pathogenesis of RSV bronchiolitis, since it contributes to mucus production and airway hyperreactivity in our model of RSV infection.