URI in athletes: are mucosal immunity and cytokine responses key risk factors?

2015-02-23T16:24:11Z (GMT) by Michael Gleeson Nicolette Bishop
Infection incidence among athletes is highest during periods of intensified training and competition and after strenuous long-distance events. Which aspects of depressed immune function are responsible for this increased infection risk are not known, but our hypothesis is that lower salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) secretion and a higher antiinflammatory cytokine response to antigen exposure are key determinants of infection risk.