Statins decrease leukocyte infiltration into the lungs.A) Total cell counts obtained by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) 24 h after intratracheal infection with 1 X 105 cfu were determined by visual counting using a hemocytometer (n = 6/group). Differential cell counts of cytospins prepared from the same BAL demonstrating B) lower monocytes/macrophages in mice receiving the high statin diet and C) a dose-dependent reduction in neutrophil influx 24 h after infection. Data are presented as the mean ± SEM. Statistics were determined by a two-tailed student’s t-test. P < 0.05 was considered significant in comparison to Control fed mice.
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