Neutrophil phenotypes in chronic lung disease

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Introduction: Neutrophils are the most abundant inflammatory cells in the lungs of patients with chronic lung diseases, especially COPD, yet despite this, patients often experience repeated chest infections. Neutrophil function may be altered in disease, but the reasons are unclear. In chronic disease, sequential pro-inflammatory and pro-repair responses appear distorted. As understanding of neutrophil heterogeneity has expanded, it is suggested that different neutrophil phenotypes may impact on health and disease. Areas covered: In this review, the definition of cellular phenotype, the implication of neutrophil surface markers and functions in chronic lung disease and the complex influences of external, local and genetic factors on these changes are discussed. Literature was accessed up to the 19 July 2019 using: PubMed, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and the National Centre for Biotechnology Information. Expert opinion: As more is learned about neutrophils, the further we step from the classical view of neutrophils being unrefined killing machines to highly complex and finely tuned cells. Future therapeutics may aim to normalize neutrophil function, but to achieve this, knowledge of phenotypes in humans and how these relate to observed pathology and disease processes is required.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-967
Number of pages17
JournalExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2019