Ambient ozone and pulmonary innate immunity.

Journal Article (Review)

Ambient ozone is a criteria air pollutant that impacts both human morbidity and mortality. The effect of ozone inhalation includes both toxicity to lung tissue and alteration of the host immunologic response. The innate immune system facilitates immediate recognition of both foreign pathogens and tissue damage. Emerging evidence supports that ozone can modify the host innate immune response and that this response to inhaled ozone is dependent on genes of innate immunity. Improved understanding of the complex interaction between environmental ozone and host innate immunity will provide fundamental insight into the pathogenesis of inflammatory airways disease. We review the current evidence supporting that environmental ozone inhalation: (1) modifies cell types required for intact innate immunity, (2) is partially dependent on genes of innate immunity, (3) primes pulmonary innate immune responses to LPS, and (4) contributes to innate-adaptive immune system cross-talk.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Al-Hegelan, M; Tighe, RM; Castillo, C; Hollingsworth, JW

Published Date

  • April 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 1-3

Start / End Page

  • 173 - 191

PubMed ID

  • 21132467

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-0755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12026-010-8180-z

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States