The role of neutrophil extracellular traps in acute lung injury

Davide Scozzi, Fuyi Liao, Alexander S. Krupnick, Daniel Kreisel, Andrew E. Gelman

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Acute lung injury (ALI) is a heterogeneous inflammatory condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. Neutrophils play a key role in the development of different forms of ALI, and the release of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) is emerging as a common pathogenic mechanism. NETs are essential in controlling pathogens, and their defective release or increased degradation leads to a higher risk of infection. However, NETs also contain several pro-inflammatory and cytotoxic molecules than can exacerbate thromboinflammation and lung tissue injury. To reduce NET-mediated lung damage and inflammation, DNase is frequently used in preclinical models of ALI due to its capability of digesting NET DNA scaffold. Moreover, recent advances in neutrophil biology led to the development of selective NET inhibitors, which also appear to reduce ALI in experimental models. Here we provide an overview of the role of NETs in different forms of ALI discussing existing gaps in our knowledge and novel therapeutic approaches to modulate their impact on lung injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article number953195
JournalFrontiers in immunology
StatePublished - Jul 29 2022


  • ALI (acute lung injury)
  • ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
  • COVID-19
  • DAMPs (damage-associated molecular patterns)
  • NETs (neutrophil extracellular traps)
  • Thromboinflammation
  • infections and sepsis
  • sterile inflammatory response


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