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Does upregulated host cell receptor expression provide a link between bacterial adhesion and chronic respiratory disease?


O'Toole, RF and Shukla, SD and Walters, EH, Does upregulated host cell receptor expression provide a link between bacterial adhesion and chronic respiratory disease?, Journal of Translational Medicine, 14 Article 304. ISSN 1479-5876 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s12967-016-1063-x


Expression of the platelet-activating factor receptor is upregulated in the respiratory epithelium of smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. We have recently determined that increased expression of PAFr correlates with higher levels of adhesion to human bronchial epithelial cells by non-typable Haemophilus influenzae and Streptococcus pneumoniae which are major bacterial pathogens in acute exacerbations of COPD. In addition, we found that a PAFr antagonist decreased the adhesion of both respiratory bacterial pathogens to non-cigarette exposure control levels. This highlights the possibility that epithelial receptors, that are upregulated in response to cigarette smoke, could be targeted to specifically block chronic bacterial infections of the lower respiratory tract. In this commentary, we explore the question of whether adhesion to a temporally-upregulated host receptor is a common event in chronic bacterial disease, and as such, could represent a putative therapeutic target for blocking infection by respiratory and other pathogens

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:COPD, airway epithelium, platelet-activating factor receptor, non-typeable haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical bacteriology
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Human pharmaceutical products
Objective Field:Human pharmaceutical treatments
UTAS Author:O'Toole, RF (Dr Ronan O'Toole)
UTAS Author:Shukla, SD (Mr Shakti Shukla)
UTAS Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
ID Code:112109
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2016-10-27
Last Modified:2022-08-25
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