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Preexposure to repeated low doses of zymosan increases the susceptibility to pulmonary infection in rats.

Authors
Young-SH; Antonini-JM; Roberts-JR
Source
Exp Lung Res 2009 Sep; 35(7):570-590
NIOSHTIC No.
20035891
Abstract
Chronic exposure to low levels of mold has been reported to increase susceptibility to respiratory infections. In the current study, the authors investigate the lungs' ability to clear an infection after repeated low-dose zymosan exposure. Exposure was conducted at a zymosan dose of 0.6 mg/kg body weight (bw) of rat, for a total of 4 doses, via intratracheal instillation during a 2 week period. Treated animals were allowed to recover for 1 week before pulmonary inoculation with Listeria monocytogenes. Bacterial clearance was determined by measuring colony-forming units cultured from the left lungs on days 3, 5, and 7 post bacteria infection. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) was performed on the right lungs to recover phagocytes and BAL fluid to measure lung injury and the inflammatory cytokines. In contrast to the authors' previously published study that showed a single high dose (2.5 mg/kg bw) of zymosan prior to infection accelerated bacteria clearance, the repeated low-dose zymosan suppressed bacteria clearance from the lungs early after infection and induced higher lung injury and inflammation compared to control. The innate immune response was downregulated and a Th2 immune response was preferentially induced rather than a Th1 response, the latter being more effective toward the resolution of a L. monocytogenes infection.
Keywords
Bacteria; Bacterial-disease; Bacterial-infections; Bactericides; Bacteriology; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Inhalation-studies; Laboratory-animals; Laboratory-testing; Lung-disorders; Lung-function; Lung-irritants; Molds; Molecular-biology; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Respiratory-hypersensitivity; Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Author Keywords: 1 -->3--glucans; fungal infections; Listeria monocytogenes; lung inflammation; pulmonary clearance
Contact
Shih-Houng Young, PhD, Health Effects Laboratory Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 1095 Willowdale Road (M/S 2015), Morgantown, WV 26505
CODEN
EXLRDA
Publication Date
20090901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sby5@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0190-2148
NIOSH Division
HELD
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
Experimental Lung Research
State
WV
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