S100A8/A9 proteins mediate neutrophilic inflammation and lung pathology during tuberculosis

Radha Gopal, Leticia Monin, Diana Torres, Samantha Slight, Smriti Mehra, Kyle C. McKenna, Beth A.Fallert Junecko, Todd A. Reinhart, Jay Kolls, Renata Báez-Saldańa, Alfredo Cruz-Lagunas, Tatiana S. Rodríguez-Reyna, Nathella Pavan Kumar, Phillipe Tessier, Johannes Roth, Moisés Selman, Enrique Becerril-Villanueva, Javier Baquera-Heredia, Bridgette Cumming, Victoria O. KasprowiczAdrie J.C. Steyn, Subash Babu, Deepak Kaushal, Joaquín Zúñiga, Thomas Vogl, Javier Rangel-Moreno, Shabaana A. Khader

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Rationale:Ahallmark of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is the formation of granulomas. However, the immune factors that drive the formation of a protective granuloma during latent TB, and the factors that drive the formation of inflammatory granulomas during active TB, are not well defined. Objectives: The objective of this study was to identify the underlying immune mechanisms involved in formation of inflammatory granulomas seen during active TB. Methods: The immune mediators involved in inflammatory granuloma formation during TB were assessed using human samples and experimental models of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, using molecular and immunologic techniques. Measurements and Main Results: We demonstrate that in human patients with active TB and in nonhuman primatemodels of M. tuberculosis infection, neutrophils producing S100 proteins are dominantwithin the inflammatory lung granulomas seen during active TB. Using themouse model of TB, we demonstrate that the exacerbated lung inflammation seenasaresultofneutrophilicaccumulation isdependentonS100A8/A9 proteins. S100A8/A9 proteins promote neutrophil accumulation by inducing production of proinflammatory chemokines and cytokines, and influencing leukocyte trafficking. Importantly, serum levels of S100A8/ A9 proteins along with neutrophil-associated chemokines, such as keratinocytechemoattractant, canbeusedaspotential surrogatebiomarkers to assess lung inflammation and disease severity in human TB. Conclusions: Our results thus show a major pathologic role for S100A8/A9 proteins in mediating neutrophil accumulation and inflammation associated with TB. Thus, targeting specific molecules, such as S100A8/A9proteins, has the potential to decrease lung tissue damage without impacting protective immunity against TB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1137-1146
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of respiratory and critical care medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013


  • Granuloma
  • Inflammation
  • Neutrophil
  • S100A8/A9 proteins
  • Tuberculosis


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