Opportunistic lung infection and inflammation is a hallmark of chronic recreational/clinical use of morphine. We show that early induction of IL17 from the bronchial epithelium, following pathogenic encounter is a protective response, which contributes to pathogenic clearance and currently attributed to TLR2 activation in immune cells. Concurrent activation of TLR2 and IL17R in bronchial epithelium results in the sequestration of MyD88 (TLR2 adapter) by Act1/CIKS (IL17R adapter), thereby turning off TLR2 signaling to restore homeostasis. Morphine inhibits the early IL17 release and interaction between Act1 and MyD88, leading to decreased pathogenic clearance and sustained inflammation. Hence, we propose that therapeutically targeting either TLR2 or IL17 in bronchial epithelia, in the context of morphine, can restore inflammatory homeostasis.
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Grant Support: This work was supported in part by the NIH grants RO1 DA 12104, RO1 DA 022935, RO1 DA031202, K05DA033881, P50 DA 011806 and 1R01DA034582 to SR.