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    Table 1: Rigor

    EthicsConsent: In brief, CD34+ HSPCs were purified from human umbilical cord blood (CB) acquired from healthy donors under informed consent from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Aarhus University Hospital,
    Sex as a biological variableIndividuals for whom there were no cryopreserved peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) at baseline, who were pregnant, breastfeeding or had serum total bilirubin x3 above upper limit of normal were excluded from the study.
    Randomizationnot detected.
    Blindingnot detected.
    Power Analysisnot detected.
    Cell Line Authenticationnot detected.

    Table 2: Resources

    Antibodies
    SentencesResources
    (Purified anti-human CD304 (Neuropilin-1), clone 12C2, BioLegend Cat#354502) or isotype control (Ultra-LEAF Purified mouse IgG2a, clone MOPC-173, BioLegend Cat#400264) antibody for 15 minutes prior to stimulation with TLR7 (2.5 μg/mL R837) agonist for 4 hrs in 200 uL, after which the culture volume was topped up to 1 mL.
    anti-human CD304
    suggested: (BioLegend Cat# 354502, RRID:AB_2564475)
    Neuropilin-1
    suggested: (BioLegend Cat# 354502, RRID:AB_2564475)
    TLR7
    suggested: None
    To test whether type I IFN contributes to the pDC-mediated inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 inhibition, antibodies blocking the type I IFN receptor (mouse anti-human IFNAR2 antibody, clone MMHAR-2, PBL Assay Science Cat#21385-1) or isotype control (Ultra-LEAF Purified mouse IgG2a, clone MOPC-173, BioLegend Cat#400264) were added to Calu-3 cells in 50 μL PBS and antibodies neutralizing IFNα (mouse anti-human IFN alpha antibody, clone MMHA-2, PBL Assay Science Cat#21100-2) or isotype control (Purified mouse IgG1, clone MOPC-21, BioLegend Cat#400102) were added to 200 μL HSPC-pDC conditioned medium, 10 minutes prior to addition of conditioned medium to the Calu-3 cells.
    anti-human IFNAR2
    suggested: (PBL Assay Science Cat# 21385-1, RRID:AB_387828)
    anti-human IFN
    suggested: None
    IgG1
    suggested: (BioLegend Cat# 400102, RRID:AB_2891079)
    As secondary antibodies, peroxidase-conjugated donkey-anti-rabbit and donkey-anti-mouse was used (Jackson Immuno Research 711-036-152 and 715-036-150).
    and donkey-anti-mouse
    suggested: None
    Experimental Models: Cell Lines
    SentencesResources
    Cell lines: Calu-3 epithelial lung cancer cells (kindly provided by Laureano de le Vega, Dundee University, Scotland, UK) and human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial A549 cells expressing hACE2 (kindly provided by Brad Rosenberg, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA) were grown as a monolayer in DMEM10 (Dulbecco’s minimal essential medium, DMEM, Life Technologies, supplemented with 10% (v/v) hiFCS, 2 mM L-glutamine, 100 U/mL penicillin, and 100 µg/mL streptomycin.
    A549
    suggested: None
    Virus was propagated using VeroE6 cells expressing human TMPRSS2 (41).
    VeroE6
    suggested: JCRB Cat# JCRB1819, RRID:CVCL_YQ49)
    To test whether type I IFN contributes to the pDC-mediated inhibition of SARS-CoV-2 inhibition, antibodies blocking the type I IFN receptor (mouse anti-human IFNAR2 antibody, clone MMHAR-2, PBL Assay Science Cat#21385-1) or isotype control (Ultra-LEAF Purified mouse IgG2a, clone MOPC-173, BioLegend Cat#400264) were added to Calu-3 cells in 50 μL PBS and antibodies neutralizing IFNα (mouse anti-human IFN alpha antibody, clone MMHA-2, PBL Assay Science Cat#21100-2) or isotype control (Purified mouse IgG1, clone MOPC-21, BioLegend Cat#400102) were added to 200 μL HSPC-pDC conditioned medium, 10 minutes prior to addition of conditioned medium to the Calu-3 cells.
    Calu-3
    suggested: None
    Limiting dilution assay: To determine the amount of infectious virus in cell culture supernatant or generated virus stocks, a limiting dilution assay was performed. 2×104 VeroE6-TMPRRS2 cells were seeded in 50 μL DMEM5 in a 96 well plate.
    VeroE6-TMPRRS2
    suggested: None
    Recombinant DNA
    SentencesResources
    Cell lines: Calu-3 epithelial lung cancer cells (kindly provided by Laureano de le Vega, Dundee University, Scotland, UK) and human lung adenocarcinoma epithelial A549 cells expressing hACE2 (kindly provided by Brad Rosenberg, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA) were grown as a monolayer in DMEM10 (Dulbecco’s minimal essential medium, DMEM, Life Technologies, supplemented with 10% (v/v) hiFCS, 2 mM L-glutamine, 100 U/mL penicillin, and 100 µg/mL streptomycin.
    hACE2
    suggested: RRID:Addgene_1786)
    Software and Algorithms
    SentencesResources
    Fluorescent intensity was measured with a BD LSR-Fortessa X-20, using BD FACSDiva
    BD FACSDiva
    suggested: (BD FACSDiva Software, RRID:SCR_001456)
    Software, gates were set using fluorescent minus one (FMO) controls and data were analyzed with Flow-Jo software.
    Flow-Jo
    suggested: (FlowJo, RRID:SCR_008520)
    Protein levels were quantified using the Human DuoSet ELISAs for IL-6, IL-8, TNFα, CXCL10 (R&D Systems) or the Human IFN-a pan ELISA kit (Mabtech 3425-1M-6, detecting IFN-a subtypes 1/13, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 14, 16 and 17), according to the manufacturer’s instructions on a Synergy SynergyHTX multi-mode platereader (BioTek) using the Gen5 version 3.04 program.
    Gen5
    suggested: (Gen5, RRID:SCR_017317)
    The raw data were processed using the nSOLVER 4.0 software (NanoString Technologies) for Dhigh and Dlow separately to ensure proper normalization of each dataset.
    nSOLVER
    suggested: None
    Data were plotted using Prism 8.2.0 (GraphPad, La Jolla, CA, USA) and R software version 3.5.1 with the following packages installed: ggplot2, circlize, dendextend, ComplexHeatmap and RColorBrewer.
    Prism
    suggested: (PRISM, RRID:SCR_005375)
    GraphPad
    suggested: (GraphPad Prism, RRID:SCR_002798)
    ggplot2
    suggested: (ggplot2, RRID:SCR_014601)
    ComplexHeatmap
    suggested: (ComplexHeatmap, RRID:SCR_017270)
    Reactome pathway overrepresentation analysis: To assign pathways to the gene clusters identified in pDCs from Dhigh and Dlow 48 hrs after SARS-CoV-2 exposure using unsupervised hierarchical cluster analysis on the NanoString nCounter data, we utilized the Reactome Pathway Browser version 3.7, database release 75 (https://reactome.org/PathwayBrowser); a comprehensive web-based resource for curated human pathways.
    Reactome Pathway Browser
    suggested: None
    Disease pathways were excluded from the analyses and we used UniProt as the source of entities (maximum pathway size was 400).
    UniProt
    suggested: (UniProtKB, RRID:SCR_004426)
    To determine correlation between IFNα production by pDCs and time of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, as well as to compare gene expression changes in Dhigh and Dlow after 4 and 48 hrs after exposure to SARS-CoV-2, and determine correlation between pDC frequency and disease severity, simple linear regression analysis were performed using GraphPad Prism.
    GraphPad Prism
    suggested: (GraphPad Prism, RRID:SCR_002798)

    Results from OddPub: We did not detect open data. We also did not detect open code. Researchers are encouraged to share open data when possible (see Nature blog).


    Results from LimitationRecognizer: An explicit section about the limitations of the techniques employed in this study was not found. We encourage authors to address study limitations.

    Results from TrialIdentifier: No clinical trial numbers were referenced.


    Results from Barzooka: We found bar graphs of continuous data. We recommend replacing bar graphs with more informative graphics, as many different datasets can lead to the same bar graph. The actual data may suggest different conclusions from the summary statistics. For more information, please see Weissgerber et al (2015).


    Results from JetFighter: We did not find any issues relating to colormaps.


    Results from rtransparent:
    • Thank you for including a conflict of interest statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • Thank you for including a funding statement. Authors are encouraged to include this statement when submitting to a journal.
    • No protocol registration statement was detected.

    Results from scite Reference Check: We found no unreliable references.


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