Oral neutrophil responses to acute prolonged exercise may not be representative of blood neutrophil responses

Glen Davison, Arwel Wyn Jones

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 Neutrophil numbers and function (oxidative burst) were assessed in peripheral blood and oral samples before and after prolonged exercise. Blood neutrophil count increased (~3.5-fold, P < 0.001) and function decreased (30% ± 19% decrease, P = 0.005)  postexercise. Oral neutrophil count (P = 0.392) and function (P = 0.334) were unchanged. Agreement between oral and blood neutrophil function responses to exercise was poor. These findings highlight the importance of studying neutrophils within various compartments/sample types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-301
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cycling
  • Exercise immunology
  • Host defence
  • Immune
  • Oxidative burst
  • Phagocyte
  • Saliva
  • URTI

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