Single-cell transcriptome of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid reveals sequential change of macrophages during SARS-CoV-2 infection in ferrets

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Few studies have used a longitudinal approach to describe the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Here, we perform single-cell RNA sequencing of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cells longitudinally obtained from SARS-CoV-2-infected ferrets. Landscape analysis of the lung immune microenvironment shows distinct changes in cell proportions and characteristics compared to uninfected control, at 2 and 5 days post-infection (dpi). Macrophages are classified into 10 distinct subpopulations with transcriptome changes among monocyte-derived infiltrating macrophages and differentiated M1/M2 macrophages, notably at 2 dpi. Moreover, trajectory analysis reveals gene expression changes from monocyte-derived infiltrating macrophages toward M1 or M2 macrophages and identifies a macrophage subpopulation that has rapidly undergone SARS-CoV-2-mediated activation of inflammatory responses. Finally, we find that M1 or M2 macrophages show distinct patterns of gene modules downregulated by immune-modulatory drugs. Overall, these results elucidate fundamental aspects of the immune response dynamics provoked by SARS-CoV-2 infection. A longitudinal analysis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans is challenging. Here the authors show a single cell RNA-sequencing analysis of BAL fluid cells from ferrets and characterise the time dependent recruitment of macrophage subsets to the lungs in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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NATURE PORTFOLIO
Issue Date
2021-07
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, v.12, no.1

ISSN
2041-1723
DOI
10.1038/s41467-021-24807-0
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http://hdl.handle.net/10203/287673
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MSE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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