Journal article

Neutrophilic inflammation in the respiratory mucosa predisposes to RSV infection.

Maximillian S Habibi, Ryan S Thwaites, Meiping Chang, Agnieszka Jozwik, Allan Paras, Freja Kirsebom, Augusto Varese, Amber Owen, Leah Cuthbertson, Phillip James, Tanushree Tunstall, David Nickle, Trevor T Hansel, Miriam F Moffatt, Cecilia Johansson, Christopher Chiu, Peter JM Openshaw

Science | Published : 2020


The variable outcome of viral exposure is only partially explained by known factors. We administered respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to 58 volunteers, of whom 57% became infected. Mucosal neutrophil activation before exposure was highly predictive of symptomatic RSV disease. This was associated with a rapid, presymptomatic decline in mucosal interleukin-17A (IL-17A) and other mediators. Conversely, those who resisted infection showed presymptomatic activation of IL-17- and tumor necrosis factor-related pathways. Vulnerability to infection was not associated with baseline microbiome but was reproduced in mice by preinfection chemokine-driven airway recruitment of neutrophils, which caused e..

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