The role of Toll-like receptor 4 in environmental airway injury in mice.

Journal Article (Academic article)

Inhalation of toxins commonly found in air pollution contributes to the development and progression of asthma and environmental airway injury. In this study, we investigated the requirement of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in mice for pulmonary responses to three environmental toxins: aerosolized lipopolysaccharide, particulate matter (residual oil fly ash), and ozone. The physiologic and biologic responses to these toxins were evaluated by the extent of airway responsiveness, neutrophil recruitment to the lower respiratory tract, changes in inflammatory cytokines, and the concentration of protein in the lavage fluid. Genetically engineered, TLR4-deficient mice (C57BL/6(TLR4-/-)) were unresponsive to inhaled lipopolysaccharide, except for minimal increases in some inflammatory cytokines. In contrast, C57BL/6(TLR4-/-) mice did not differ from wild-type mice in their airway response to instilled residual oil fly ash or acute ozone exposure; however, we found that, despite a robust inflammatory response, C57BL/6(TLR4-/-) mice are protected against the development of airway hyperresponsiveness after subchronic ozone exposure. These data demonstrate in the mouse that the requirement of TLR4 for pulmonary inflammation depends on the nature of the toxin and appears specific to toxin and exposure conditions.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hollingsworth, JW; Cook, DN; Brass, DM; Walker, JK; Morgan, DL; Foster, WM; Schwartz, DA

Published Date

  • July 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 170 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 126 - 132

PubMed ID

  • 15020293

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1073-449X

Conference Location

  • united states