IL-8 is one of the major chemokines produced by monkey airway epithelium after ozone-induced injury

Mary Mann Jong Chang, Reen Wu, Charles Plopper, Dallas M. Hyde

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A rhesus monkey interleukin (IL)-8 cDNA clone with >94% homology to the human IL-8 gene was isolated by differential hybridization from a cDNA library of distal airways after ozone inhalation. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry showed increased IL-8 mRNA and protein levels in epithelial cells at 1 h but not at 24 h after inhalation of ozone. The appearance of IL-8 in airway epithelial cells correlated well with neutrophil influx into airway epithelia and lumens. Air-liquid interface cultures of tracheobronchial epithelial cells were exposed to ozone in vitro. We observed a transient increase in IL-8 secretion in culture medium immediately after ozone exposure and a dose-dependent increase in IL-8 secretion and mRNA production. In vitro neutrophil chemotaxis showed a parallel dose and time profile to epithelial cell secretion of IL-8. Treatment with anti-IL-8 neutralizing antibody blocked >80% of the neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. These results suggest that IL-8 is a key chemokine in acute ozone-induced airway inflammation in primates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number3 19-3
StatePublished - Sep 1998


  • Chemotaxis
  • Differential hybridization
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In situ hybridization
  • Interleukin-8
  • Neutrophil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)


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