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Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol ; 320(1): L84-L98, 2021 01 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-910283


Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), driven by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was declared a global pandemic in March 2020. Pathogenic T cells and inflammatory monocytes are regarded as the central drivers of the cytokine storm associated with the severity of COVID-19. In this study, we explored the characteristic peripheral cellular profiles of patients with COVID-19 in both acute and convalescent phases by single-cell mass cytometry (CyTOF). Using a combination of algorithm-guided data analyses, we identified peripheral immune cell subsets in COVID-19 and revealed CD4+ T-cell depletion, T-cell differentiation, plasma cell expansion, and the reduced antigen presentation capacity of innate immunity. Notably, COVID-19 induces a dysregulation in the balance of monocyte populations by the expansion of the monocyte subsets. Collectively, our results represent a high-dimensional, single-cell profile of the peripheral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/immunology , COVID-19/immunology , Leukocytes, Mononuclear/immunology , Monocytes/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Adult , Aged , Antigen Presentation/immunology , CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes/cytology , COVID-19/pathology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/pathology , Cytokines/immunology , Dendritic Cells/cytology , Dendritic Cells/immunology , Female , Humans , Killer Cells, Natural/cytology , Killer Cells, Natural/immunology , Leukocytes, Mononuclear/cytology , Lymphocyte Depletion , Male , Middle Aged , Monocytes/cytology , Plasma Cells/cytology , Single-Cell Analysis