We have previously demonstrated that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who do not have Siglec-14 are less prone to exacerbation of the disease. Siglec-14 is a myeloid cell protein that recognizes bacteria and triggers inflammatory responses. Therefore, soluble mediators secreted by myeloid cells responding to Siglec-14 engagement could be involved in the pathogenesis of exacerbation and could potentially be utilized as biomarkers of exacerbation. To find out, we sought genes specifically induced in Siglec-14+ myeloid cells and evaluated their utility as biomarkers of COPD exacerbation. Using DNA microarray, we compared gene expression levels in Siglec-14+ and control myeloid cell lines stimulated with or without nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae to select genes that were specifically induced in Siglec-14+ cells. The expressions of several cytokine and chemokine genes were specifically induced in Siglec-14+ cells. The concentrations of seven gene products were analyzed by multiplex bead array assays in paired COPD patient sera (n = 39) collected during exacerbation and stable disease states. Those gene products that increased during exacerbation were further tested using an independent set (n = 32) of paired patient sera. Serum concentration of interleukin-27 (IL-27) was elevated during exacerbation (discovery set: P = 0.0472; verification set: P = 0.0428; combined: P = 0.0104; one-sided Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed-rank test), particularly in exacerbations accompanied with sputum purulence and in exacerbations lasting more than a week. We concluded that IL-27 might be mechanistically involved in the exacerbation of COPD and could potentially serve as a systemic biomarker of exacerbation.