Innate immune responses and bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013. All rights reserved. The innate immune system, central to host defense, is now recognized to play a critical role in regulating adaptive immune responses, including allograft rejection. Innate immunity is of particular importance in lung transplantation, given the specialized innate defense mechanisms within the lung and the constant interaction between the allograft and the external environment. A central principle of innate immunity is the recognition of highly conserved molecular patterns present on microbial pathogens or injured tissue by host innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs). The Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are the best described and most extensively studied PRRs of relevance to transplant rejection. For example, in animal models, genetic inhibition of TLR signaling attenuates allograft rejection, while TLR activation impedes successful transplant tolerance. These fi ndings have been translated into clinical lung transplantation, as we have shown that functional polymorphisms in the innate receptors TLR4 and CD14 impact the risk for acute rejection and bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Consequently, a more complex view of BOS pathogenesis that considers the infl uence of previously identifi ed clinical risk factors on activation of both innate and adaptive immunity has emerged. While additional studies are needed to defi ne the full spectrum of innate ligands and PRRs relevant to lung transplantation, it is clear that innate mechanisms are likely to play a central role in mediating lung allograft rejection and BOS. Selective inhibition of innate pathways represents an attractive approach that could complement existing immunosuppressive strategies to reduce rejection after lung transplantation.

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Cited Authors

  • Todd, JL; Palmer, SM

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Book Title

  • Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome in Lung Transplantation

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 167

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9781461476351

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/978-1-4614-7636-8_8

Citation Source

  • Scopus