Acute lower respiratory tract infections cause a terrible public health burden at present, with potential for worse in the coming years. The outcome of these infections is determined by innate immune responses (such as neutrophil recruitment and activation), necessary for host defense but also contributing to lung injury. Innate immune responses in the lungs require the coordinated expression of diverse mediators including adhesion molecules, chemokines, colony stimulating factors, and cytokines that are absent or present only at low levels in uninfected lungs, but are expressed at high levels during infection. Similar mediators are induced during most lung infections, although individual mediators can have different roles during different infections. The coordinated expression suggests programs of gene regulation. NF-kappaB transcription factors are critical to the gene expression program directing innate immunity in the lungs, with RelA inducing innate immunity genes mediating host defense and p50 counteracting this gene induction to prevent lung injury. Other transcription factors are also important, such as STAT3 which both facilitates host defense and limits lung injury. These transcription factors have cell-specific roles during infection, and elucidating unique cell-specific roles in lung innate immunity is a major ongoing effort. Finally, expression of innate immunity mediators is regulated post-transcriptionally as well. MicroRNAs target innate immunity transcripts, and miRNAs themselves are subject to modifications such as uridylation by Zcchc11 to relieve their repressive activities. An improved knowledge of the molecular mechanisms directing innate immunity in the lungs will provide new directions for preventing and curing acute lower respiratory tract infections.
- Director, Pulmonary Center, Boston University School of Medicine
- Professor, Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine
- Professor, Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences
- Harvard School of Public Health, ScD
- Amherst College, BA
- Published on 10/1/2017
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- Published on 9/18/2017
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- Published on 8/15/2017
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- Published on 6/30/2017
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- Published on 5/18/2017
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- Published on 5/17/2017
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- Published on 5/1/2017
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- Published on 4/1/2017
Kasotakis G, Galvan M, King E, Sarkar B, Stucchi A, Mizgerd JP, Burke PA, Remick D. Valproic acid mitigates the inflammatory response and prevents acute respiratory distress syndrome in a murine model of Escherichia coli pneumonia at the expense of bacterial clearance. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Apr; 82(4):758-765. PMID: 28099388.
- Published on 3/28/2017
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- Published on 9/1/2016
Kamata H, Yamamoto K, Wasserman GA, Zabinski MC, Yuen CK, Lung WY, Gower AC, Belkina AC, Ramirez MI, Deng JC, Quinton LJ, Jones MR, Mizgerd JP. Epithelial Cell-Derived Secreted and Transmembrane 1a Signals to Activated Neutrophils during Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2016 Sep; 55(3):407-18. PMID: 27064756.
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