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Upregulated pneumococcal adhesion molecule (platelet-activating factor receptor) may predispose COPD patients to community-acquired pneumonia

Authors Shukla SD, Hansbro PM, Walters EH

Received 7 September 2017

Accepted for publication 25 September 2017

Published 24 October 2017 Volume 2017:12 Pages 3111—3113


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Shakti Dhar Shukla,1,2 Philip M Hansbro,1,2 Eugene Haydn Walters3

1School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, 2Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, NSW, 3School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS, Australia

We read with great interest the recent paper by Braeken et al which analyzed the associations between COPD and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), published in your journal.1 In this large population-based study, the authors have concluded that the risk of CAP increases fourfold in patients with COPD, independent of smoking status. The authors briefly discuss potential smoking-induced mechanisms leading to increased risk of CAP in COPD, such as host physiological and structural changes, increased bacterial virulence and impaired host immunity. The authors also stress the need for further mechanistic studies on the cause of this increased risk of CAP in COPD patients.1

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