Modulation of the epithelial inflammatory response to rhinovirus in an atopic environment

M. Xatzipsalti, F. Psarros, G. Konstantinou, M. Gaga, D. Gourgiotis, P. Saxoni-Papageorgiou, N. G. Papadopoulos

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


    Background: Immune responses to rhinovirus (RV) as well as direct effects of RV on respiratory epithelium may contribute to the induction of asthma exacerbations. Objective: To evaluate the effect of the environment resulting from an atopic immune response on RV-induced epithelial inflammation, replication and cytotoxicity. Methods: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from atopic asthmatic subjects and matched controls (12 pairs) were isolated and stimulated by RVs. Human bronchial epithelial (BEAS-2B) cells were infected with RV in the presence of conditioned media from RV-stimulated PBMC cultures. IL-6, IL-8, RANTES and TGF-β1 levels were measured by ELISA, RV-induced cytotoxicity by a colorimetric method and RV titres on Ohio-HeLa cells. Results: RV-induced epithelial production of IL-6, IL-8 and RANTES was significantly lower, while TGF-β1 was higher when cells were exposed to conditioned media from atopic asthmatic subjects compared with those from normal controls. Exposure to the 'atopic' environment also resulted in elevated RV titres and increased RV-induced cytotoxicity. Conclusions: Under the influence of an atopic environment, the epithelial inflammatory response to RV is down-regulated, associated with increased viral proliferation and augmented cell damage, while TGF is up-regulated. These changes may help explain the propensity of atopic asthmatic individuals to develop lower airway symptoms after respiratory infections and indicate a mechanism through which viral infections may promote airway remodelling. © 2007 The Authors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)466-472
    Number of pages6
    JournalClinical and Experimental Allergy
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


    • Atopy
    • Immune response
    • Rhinovirus


    Dive into the research topics of 'Modulation of the epithelial inflammatory response to rhinovirus in an atopic environment'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this