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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2017, Article ID 5358647, 10 pages
Research Article

Adenosine Triphosphate Promotes Allergen-Induced Airway Inflammation and Th17 Cell Polarization in Neutrophilic Asthma

1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Jinling Hospital, Nanjing University School of Medicine, Nanjing 210002, China
2Department of Medical Genetics, The Third Military Medical University, Chongqing 400038, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Fang Zhang; moc.361@balgnafgnahz and Yong Song; moc.oohay@0136gnos_gnoy

Received 16 October 2016; Revised 7 April 2017; Accepted 12 April 2017; Published 25 May 2017

Academic Editor: Kurt Blaser

Copyright © 2017 Fang Zhang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a key mediator to alert the immune dysfunction by acting on P2 receptors. Here, we found that allergen challenge caused an increase of ATP secretion in a murine model of neutrophilic asthma, which correlated well with neutrophil counts and interleukin-17 production. When ATP signaling was blocked by intratracheal administration of the ATP receptor antagonist suramin before challenge, neutrophilic airway inflammation, airway hyperresponsiveness, and Th17-type responses were reduced significantly. Also, neutrophilic inflammation was abrogated when airway ATP levels were locally neutralized using apyrase. Furthermore, ATP promoted the Th17 polarization of splenic CD4+ T cells from DO11.10 mice in vitro. In addition, ovalbumin (OVA) challenge induced neutrophilic inflammation and Th17 polarization in DO11.10 mice, whereas administration of suramin before challenge alleviated these parameters. Thus, ATP may serve as a marker of neutrophilic asthma, and local blockade of ATP signaling might provide an alternative method to prevent Th17-mediated airway inflammation in neutrophilic asthma.