Pulmonary and systemic defenses against challenge with staphylococcus aureus in mice with pneumonia due to influenza a virus

George J. Jakab, Glenn A. Warr, Mardel E. Knight

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Abstract

Pulmonary and systemic defenses against hematogenous challenge with 32P-labeled Staphylococcus aureus were measured 10 min, 8 hr, and 24 hr after intravenous injection of the bacteria in a mouse model of influenza virus pneumonia. Infection with influenza A virus did not alter bactericidal defenses in the liver and spleen, but pulmonary bactericidal activity measured 24 hr after infection was suppressed in virus-infected animals; 20% ± 3% of the initially injected, viable bacteria were recovered from lungs of pneumonitic mice after 24 hr as compared with 9% ± 1% from lungs of the uninfected mice. These data demonstrate that pulmonary infection with influenza virus does not alter antibacterial defenses of the liver and spleen but does suppress bactericidal activity in the lung.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-108
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Infectious Diseases
Volume140
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Infectious Diseases

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