IgA modulates respiratory dysfunction as a sequela to pulmonary chlamydial infection as neonates

Gopala Krishna Koundinya Lanka, Jieh Juen Yu, Siqi Gong, Rishein Gupta, Shamimunisa B. Mustafa, Ashlesh K. Murthy, Guangming Zhong, James P. Chambers, M. Neal Guentzel, Bernard P. Arulanandam

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Neonatal Chlamydia lung infections are associated with serious sequelae such as asthma and airway hyper-reactivity in children and adults. Our previous studies demonstrated the importance of Th-1 type cytokines, IL-12 and IFN-γ in protection against neonatal pulmonary chlamydial challenge; however, the role of the humoral arm of defense has not been elucidated. We hypothesized that B-cells and IgA, the major mucosal antibody, play a protective role in newborns against development of later life respiratory sequelae to Chlamydia infection. Our studies using neonatal mice revealed that all WT and IgA-deficient (IgA(-/-)) animals survived a sublethal pulmonary Chlamydia muridarum challenge at one day after birth with similar reduction in bacterial burdens over time. In contrast, all B-cell-deficient (μMT) mice succumbed to infection at the same challenge dose correlating to failure to control bacterial burdens in the lungs. Although IgA may not be important for bacterial clearance, we observed IgA(-/-) mice displayed greater respiratory dysfunction 5 weeks post challenge. Specifically, comparative respiratory functional analyses revealed a significant shift upward in P-V loops, and higher dynamic resistance in IgA(-/-) animals. This study provides insight(s) into the protective role of IgA in neonates against pulmonary chlamydial infection induced respiratory pathological sequelae observed later in life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPathogens and disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • IgA
  • histopathology
  • neonate
  • respiratory
  • surfactant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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