Surfactant protein-A enhances uptake of respiratory syncytial virus by monocytes and U937 macrophages.


Surfactant protein (SP)-A is a known opsonin for a variety of pulmonary pathogens. SP-A enhances ingestion of these pathogens by interaction with an SP-A receptor (SP-AR) found on phagocytic cells such as peripheral blood monocytes (PBMC) and alveolar macrophages. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the most important respiratory pathogen in children… (More)