Diminished inflammatory responses to natural pneumovirus infection among older mice

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Immune responses to virus infection undergo significant change as part of the aging process. Here we examine the inflammatory responses of older, but otherwise immunologically naive mice to infection with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM). Although we see no changes in the extent or kinetics of virus replication, we observe diminished local production of inflammatory mediators, including MIP-1α, JE/MCP-1, IFN-γ and IFN-γ-induced MIG and IP-10, and interleukins (IL)-6 and IL-17. Levels of KC and IL-1α remained unchanged. Age-dependent diminished production of proinflammatory mediators was associated with diminished recruitment of granulocytes and reduced severity of clinical responses, including weight loss and respiratory dysfunction. The differences observed when comparing these results to those reported among elderly human subjects may be related to the specific extent of aging and its impact on biochemical and cellular inflammatory responses and/or the role of lifetime virus re-exposure on the clinical outcome from acute pneumovirus disease. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.




Bonville, C. A., Bennett, N. J., Percopo, C. M., Branigan, P. J., Del Vecchio, A. M., Rosenberg, H. F., & Domachowske, J. B. (2007). Diminished inflammatory responses to natural pneumovirus infection among older mice. Virology, 368(1), 182–190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virol.2007.06.020

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