THE B LYMPHOCYTE DIFFERENTIATION FACTOR (BAFF) IS EXPRESSED IN THE AIRWAYS OF CHILDREN WITH CF AND IN LUNGS OF MICE INFECTED WITH PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA



Neill, DR ORCID: 0000-0002-7911-8153, Saint, GL ORCID: 0000-0003-4031-4939, Bricio-Moreno, L, Fothergill, J ORCID: 0000-0002-7012-1508, Southern, KW ORCID: 0000-0001-6516-9083, Winstanley, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2662-8053, Christmas, SE, Slupsky, JR ORCID: 0000-0002-7410-9004, McNamara, PS ORCID: 0000-0002-7055-6034, Kadioglu, A ORCID: 0000-0003-1137-6321
et al (show 1 more authors) (2014) THE B LYMPHOCYTE DIFFERENTIATION FACTOR (BAFF) IS EXPRESSED IN THE AIRWAYS OF CHILDREN WITH CF AND IN LUNGS OF MICE INFECTED WITH PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA. PLoS One, 9 (5).

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Abstract

Background Chronic lung infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity among individuals with CF. Expression of mediators promoting recruitment and differentiation of B cells, or supporting antibody production is poorly understood yet could be key to controlling infection. Methods BAFF was measured in BAL from children with CF, both with and without P. aeruginosa, and controls. Mice were intra-nasally infected with P. aeruginosa strain LESB65 for up to 7 days. Cellular infiltration and expression of B cell chemoattractants and B cell differentiation factor, BAFF were measured in lung tissue. Results BAFF expression was elevated in both P. aeruginosa negative and positive CF patients and in P. aeruginosa infected mice post infection. Expression of the B cell chemoattractants CXCL13, CCL19 and CCL21 increased progressively post infection. Conclusions In a mouse model, infection with P. aeruginosa was associated with elevated expression of BAFF and other B cell chemoattractants suggesting a role for airway B cell recruitment and differentiation in the local adaptive immune response to P. aeruginosa. The paediatric CF airway, irrespective of pseudomonal infection, was found to be associated with an elevated level of BAFF implying that BAFF expression is not specific to pseudomonas infection and may be a feature of the CF airway. Despite the observed presence of a potent B cell activator, chronic colonisation is common suggesting that this response is ineffective.

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Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2017 16:14
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 23:11
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095892.
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3005673