Journal article

The impact of influenza pulmonary infection and inflammation on vagal bronchopulmonary sensory neurons

Nathalie AJ Verzele, Brendon Y Chua, Charity W Law, Albert Zhang, Matthew E Ritchie, Oliver Wightman, Isaac N Edwards, Katina D Hulme, Conor J Bloxham, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Matthew W Trewella, Aung Aung Kywe Moe, Keng Yih Chew, Stuart B Mazzone, Kirsty R Short, Alice E McGovern

FASEB JOURNAL | WILEY | Published : 2021


Influenza A virus (IAV) is rapidly detected in the airways by the immune system, with resident parenchymal cells and leukocytes orchestrating viral sensing and the induction of antiviral inflammatory responses. The airways are innervated by heterogeneous populations of vagal sensory neurons which also play an important role in pulmonary defense. How these neurons respond to IAV respiratory infection remains unclear. Here, we use a murine model to provide the first evidence that vagal sensory neurons undergo significant transcriptional changes following a respiratory IAV infection. RNA sequencing on vagal sensory ganglia showed that IAV infection induced the expression of many genes associate..

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