Hypothiocyanite produced by human and rat respiratory epithelial cells inactivates extracellular H1N2 influenza A virus

Aaron Gingerich, Lan Pang, Jarod Hanson, Daniel Dlugolenski, Rebecca Streich, Eric R. Lafontaine, Tamás Nagy, Ralph A. Tripp, Balázs Rada

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Objective and design: Our aim was to study whether an extracellular, oxidative antimicrobial mechanism inherent to tracheal epithelial cells is capable of inactivating influenza H1N2 virus. Material or subjects: Epithelial cells were isolated from tracheas of male Sprague–Dawley rats. Both primary human and rat tracheobronchial epithelial cells were differentiated in air–liquid interface cultures. Treatment: A/swine/Illinois/02860/09 (swH1N2) influenza A virions were added to the apical side of airway cells for 1 h in the presence or absence of lactoperoxidase or thiocyanate. Methods: Characterization of rat epithelial cells (morphology, Duox expression) occurred via western blotting, PCR, hydrogen peroxide production measurement and histology. The number of viable virions was determined by plaque assays. Statistical difference of the results was analyzed by ANOVA and Tukey’s test. Results: Our data show that rat tracheobronchial epithelial cells develop a differentiated, polarized monolayer with high transepithelial electrical resistance, mucin production and expression of dual oxidases. Influenza A virions are inactivated by human and rat epithelial cells via a dual oxidase-, lactoperoxidase- and thiocyanate-dependent mechanism. Conclusions: Differentiated air–liquid interface cultures of rat tracheal epithelial cells provide a novel model to study airway epithelium–influenza interactions. The dual oxidase/lactoperoxidase/thiocyanate extracellular oxidative system producing hypothiocyanite is a fast and potent anti-influenza mechanism inactivating H1N2 viruses prior to infection of the epithelium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalInflammation Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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