Rhinovirus infection of ORMDL3 transgenic mice is associated with reduced rhinovirus viral load and airway inflammation

Dae Jin Song, Marina Miller, Andrew Beppu, Peter Rosenthal, Sudipta Das, Maya Karta, Christine Vuong, Amit Kumar Mehta, Michael Croft, David H. Broide

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Orosomucoid like 3 (ORMDL3), a gene localized to chromosome 17q21, has been linked in epidemiologic studies to childhood asthma and rhinovirus (RV) infections. As the single nucleotide polymorphisms linking ORMDL3 to asthma are associated with increased expression of ORMDL3, we have used hORMDL3zp3-Cre mice (which have universal increased expression of human ORMDL3) to determine whether infection of these transgenic mice with RV influences levels of airway inflammation or RV viral load. RV infection of hORMDL3zp3-Cre mice resulted in reduced RV viral load assessed by quantitative real-time PCR (lung and airway epithelium), as well as reduced airway inflammation (total bronchoalveolar lavage cells, neutrophils, macrophages, and lymphocytes) compared with RV-infected wild-type mice. Levels of the antiviral pathways including IFNs (IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-λ) and RNAse L were significantly increased in the lungs of RV-infected hORMDL3zp3-Cre mice. Levels of the antiviral mouse oligoadenylate synthetase (mOas)1g pathway and RNAse L were upregulated in the lungs of unchallenged hORMDL3zp3-Cre mice. In addition, levels of mOas2, but not mOas1 (mOas1a, mOas1b, mOas1g), or mOas3 pathways were significantly more upregulated by IFNs (IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-λ) in epithelial cells from hORMDL3zp3-Cre mice compared with RV-infected wild-type mouse epithelial cells. RNAse L-deficient mice infected with RV had increased RV viral load. Overall, these studies suggest that increased levels of ORMDL3 contribute to antiviral defense to RV infection in mice through pathways that may include IFNs (IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-λ), OAS, and RNAse L.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2215-2224
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Institutes of Health Grants AI 107779, AI 38425, AI 07535, and AI 07469 (to D.H.B.). M.K. was supported by National Institutes of Health Grant T32 AI07469.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 by The American Association of Immunologists, Inc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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