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Editors' Pick: SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 Susceptibility and Lung Inflammatory Storms by Smoking and Vaping

Aging, smoking/vaping results in severe disease outcome and mortality amongst COVID-19 patients. SARS-CoV-2 with a membrane spike glycoprotein furin along with its receptor ACE2 and TMPRSS2 protease are increased by smoking/vaping in lung epithelium rendering viral entry and augmented infection. This results in a ‘cytokine storm’ involving excessive production of pro-inflammatory cytokines/chemokines. This review therefore discusses the impact of smoking /vaping on the key inflammatory mechanisms following Covid-19 infection and the possible therapeutic strategies required to overcome this excessive inflammatory response.

Resolvins in resolution of Inflammation


Edited by:

Graham Wallace: University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Submission Status: Open until 30 June 2024

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Laura McCulloch:
 University of Edinburgh, UK 
Andrew Greenhalgh: University of Manchester, UK

Submission Status: Open until 31 March 2024

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Journal of Inflammation is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal publishing articles on all aspects of research into inflammation. Non-research articles are specially commissioned by the Editors-in-Chief. 

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Editor-in-Chiefs' profiles

Prof. Paul Kirkham, PhD, FHEA, FRSB, Professor of Cell Biology, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Professor Kirkham is Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Wolverhampton and a fellow of the HEA. His research interests focus on understanding the mechanisms of disease pathogenesis driven by oxidative stress and its impact on cell function and inflammation, particularly in relation to respiratory disease.

Prof. Adriano Rossi, PhD, DSc, FBS, FBPhS, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Professor Rossi holds the position of Personal Chair in Respiratory and Inflammation Pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Society of Biology and a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society. His research involves investigating the cellular processes and signalling mechanisms controlling inflammation with a focus on understanding inflammation resolution.

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