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Pulmonary epithelium

Ana Galán-Cobo, Elena Arellano-Orden, Rocío Sánchez Silva, José Luis López-Campos, César Gutiérrez Rivera, Lourdes Gómez Izquierdo, Nela Suárez-Luna, María Molina-Molina, José A Rodríguez Portal, Miriam Echevarría
Activation of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition process (EMT) by which alveolar cells in human lung tissue undergo differentiation giving rise to a mesenchymal phenotype (fibroblast/miofibroblasts) has been well recognized as a key element in the origin of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Here we analyzed expression of AQP1 in lung biopsies of patients diagnosed with IPF, and compared it to biopsies derived from patients with diverse lung pneumonies, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sarcoidosis or normal lungs...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Rin Yamada, Akiko Tonooka, Shin-Ichiro Horiguchi, Toru Motoi, Horio Hirotoshi, Tsunekazu Hishima
Pulmonary hamartoma (PH) is the most common benign lung tumor, comprising various amounts of mescenchymal components with entrapped epithelial components. We describe an unusual case of PH in the left lower lung lobe of a 60-year-old female. The tumor was 9 × 9 mm in size, light brown, weakly glistening, and microscopically found to be composed of well-developed epithelial and mesenchymal components without atypia. Both components were intermingled but without apparent transition. Epithelial components were occupied by predominant bronchial mucous glands...
May 16, 2018: Pathology International
Martina Kannler, Robin Lüling, Ali Önder Yildirim, Thomas Gudermann, Dirk Steinritz, Alexander Dietrich
Transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) channels were originally characterized in neuronal tissues but also identified in lung epithelium by staining with fluorescently coupled TRPA1 antibodies. Its exact function in non-neuronal tissues, however, is elusive. TRPA1 is activated in vitro by hypoxia and hyperoxia and is therefore a promising TRP candidate for sensing hyperoxia in pulmonary epithelial cells and for inducing alveolar epithelial hyperplasia. Here, we isolated tracheal, bronchial, and alveolar epithelial cells and show low but detectable TRPA1 mRNA levels in all these cells as well as TRPA1 protein by Western blotting in alveolar type II (AT II) cells...
May 12, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Chang Guo, Alison Buckley, Tim Marczylo, Joanna Seiffert, Isabella Römer, James Warren, Alan Hodgson, Kian Fan Chung, Timothy W Gant, Rachel Smith, Martin O Leonard
Experimental modeling to identify specific inhalation hazards for nanomaterials has in the main focused on in vivo approaches. However, these models suffer from uncertainties surrounding species-specific differences and cellular targets for biologic response. In terms of pulmonary exposure, approaches which combine 'inhalation-like' nanoparticulate aerosol deposition with relevant human cell and tissue air-liquid interface cultures are considered an important complement to in vivo work. In this study, we utilized such a model system to build on previous results from in vivo exposures, which highlighted the small airway epithelium as a target for silver nanoparticle (AgNP) deposition...
May 11, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Stefanie Krick, Alexander Grabner, Nathalie Baumlin, Christopher Yanucil, Scott Helton, Astrid Grosche, Juliette Sailland, Patrick Geraghty, Liliana Viera, Derek W Russell, J Michael Wells, Xin Xu, Amit Gaggar, Jarrod Barnes, Gwendalyn D King, Michael Campos, Christian Faul, Matthias Salathe
Circulating levels of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 23 are associated with systemic inflammation and increased mortality in chronic kidney disease. α-klotho, a co-receptor for FGF23, is downregulated in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, whether FGF23 and klotho-mediated FGFR activation delineates a pathophysiologic mechanism in COPD remains unclear. We hypothesized that FGF23 can potentiate airway inflammation via klotho independent FGFR4 activation. FGF23 and its effect were studied using plasma and transbronchial biopsies from COPD and control patients and primary human bronchial epithelial cells isolated from COPD patients as well as a murine COPD model...
May 10, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Wachirun Terakosolphan, Jemma L Trick, Paul G Royall, Sarah E Rogers, Olimpia Lamberti, Christian D Lorenz, Ben Forbes, Richard D Harvey
The inclusion of glycerol in formulations for pulmonary drug delivery may affect the bioavailability of inhaled steroids by retarding their transport across the lung epithelium. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the molecular interactions of glycerol with model pulmonary interfaces provide a biophysical basis for glycerol modifying inhaled drug transport. Dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) monolayers and liposomes were used as model pulmonary interfaces, in order to examine the effects of bulk glycerol (0 - 30% w/w) on their structures and dynamics using complementary biophysical measurements and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations...
May 8, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Rudra Bhowmick, Mina Derakhshan, Yurong Liang, Jerry Ritchey, Lin Liu, Heather Gappa-Fahlenkamp
Influenza A virus (IAV) claims approximately 250,000-500,000 lives annually worldwide. Currently, there are a few in vitro models available to study IAV immunopathology. Monolayer cultures of cell lines and primary lung cells (2D cell culture) is the most commonly used tool, however, this system does not have the in vivo-like structure of the lung and immune responses to IAV as it lacks the three-dimensional (3D) tissue structure. To recapitulate the lung physiology in vitro, a system that contains multiple cell types within a 3D environment that allows cell movement and interaction, would provide a critical tool...
May 5, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
H Pekkarinen, N Airas, L E Savolainen, M Rantala, S Kilpinen, O Miuku, M Speeti, V Karkamo, S Malkamäki, M Vaara, A Sukura, P Syrjä
Mycobacteriosis caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is a rising concern in human medicine both in immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. In cats, mycobacteriosis caused by NTM is considered mostly to be a focal or dermal infection, with disseminated disease mostly caused by Mycobacterium avium. We describe three cases of disseminated mycobacteriosis in cats, caused by Mycobacterium malmoense, Mycobacterium branderi/shimoidei and M. avium, with no identified underlying immunosuppression. In all cases, extracellular mycobacteria were seen in the pulmonary epithelium, intestinal lumen and glomerular tufts, which could affect the shedding of the organism...
April 2018: Journal of Comparative Pathology
Sarah Raevens, Michael B Fallon
Hepatopulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a relatively common and potentially severe pulmonary complication of cirrhosis with increased risk of mortality. In experimental models, a complex interaction between pulmonary endothelial cells, monocytes and the respiratory epithelium, producing chemokines, cytokines, and angiogenic growth factors underlies alterations in the alveolar microvasculature, resulting in impaired oxygenation. Models systems are critical for evaluating mechanisms and for preclinical testing in HPS, due to the challenges of evaluating the lung in the setting of advanced liver disease in humans...
May 5, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Young-Im Kim, Hyun-Woo Shin, Yang-Sook Chun, Chung-Hyun Cho, Jaemoon Koh, Doo Hyun Chung, Jong-Wan Park
While wound healing is completed, the epithelium functions to normalize the interstitial context by eliminating fibroblasts excited during matrix reconstruction. If not, tissues undergo pathologic fibrosis. Pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal and hardly curable disorder. We here tried to identify epithelium-derived cytokines capable of ameliorating pulmonary fibrosis. Human lung fibroblasts were inactivated in epithelial cell-conditioned media. Cystatin C (CST3) and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) were found to be enriched in the conditioned media and to inhibit the growth and activation of lung fibroblasts by inactivating the TGF-Smad pathway...
May 3, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jan Seibel, Kirill Kryshen, Judit E Pongrácz, Martin D Lehner
Hypersecretion of viscous mucus is one of the hallmark symptoms of acute and chronic bronchitis and typically develops secondary to an inflammation of the airway epithelium. Bronchipret® TP film-coated tablets (BRO), an herbal medicinal product containing a fixed combination of thyme herb and primula root extracts, has been successfully used clinically for the treatment of acute bronchitis for more than two decades. However, the underlying pharmacological mechanisms of action have not been fully understood so far...
April 23, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Yoshinari Nakatsuka, Alexis Vandenbon, Takashi Mino, Masanori Yoshinaga, Takuya Uehata, Xiaotong Cui, Ayuko Sato, Tohru Tsujimura, Yutaka Suzuki, Atsuyasu Sato, Tomohiro Handa, Kazuo Chin, Teiji Sawa, Toyohiro Hirai, Osamu Takeuchi
Inhaled pathogens including Pseudomonas aeruginosa initially encounter airway epithelial cells (AECs), which are poised to evoke cell-intrinsic innate defense, affecting second tier of hematopoietic cell-mediated immune reaction. However, it is largely unknown how pulmonary immune responses mediated by a variety of immune cells are coordinated. Here we show that Regnase-1, an endoribonuclease expressed in AECs and immune cells, plays an essential role in coordinating innate responses and adaptive immunity against P...
April 25, 2018: Mucosal Immunology
K Majewski, J Agier, E Kozłowska, E Brzezińska-Błaszczyk
Development of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection depends on the ability of the host to elicit the protective immune response to the pathogen. Cathelicidin plays a role in antibacterial innate immunity mechanisms. This peptide contributes to the barrier function of respiratory epithelium and takes part in controlling pulmonary bacterial infections. LL-37 (leucine-leucine-37) is involved in host defense and innate immune response to mycobacterial infections, as well. This study aims to evaluate the serum concentrations of LL-37 in individuals with active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and to determine whether any correlations between peptide LL-37, tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and vitamin D serum levels exist...
March 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Tove Berg, Tove Hegelund-Myrbäck, Johan Öckinger, Xiao-Hong Zhou, Marie Brännström, Michael Hagemann-Jensen, Viktoria Werkström, Janeric Seidegård, Johan Grunewald, Magnus Nord, Lena Gustavsson
BACKGROUND: Several inhaled drugs are dependent on organic cation transporters to cross cell membranes. To further evaluate their potential to impact on inhaled drug disposition, the localization of MATE1, P-gp, OCTN1 and OCTN2 were investigated in human lung. METHODS: Transporter proteins were analysed by immunohistochemistry in lung tissue from healthy subjects and COPD patients. Transporter mRNA was analysed by qPCR in lung tissue and in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells from smokers and non-smokers...
April 20, 2018: Respiratory Research
Jiawei Jin, Xiaoqian Shi, Yongchao Li, Qianyu Zhang, Yu Guo, Chaokun Li, Pingping Tan, Qiuhong Fang, Yingmin Ma, Runlin Z Ma
Reticulocalbin 3 (Rcn3) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) lumen protein localized to the secretory pathway. We have reported that Rcn3 plays critical role for alveolar epithelial cell type II (AECII) maturation during perinatal lung development, but its biological role in the adult lung is largely unknown. Herein, we found marked induction of Rcn3 expression in alveolar epithelium during bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, which is most obvious in AECIIs. To further examine Rcn3 in pulmonary injury-remodeling, we generated transgenic mice to selectively delete Rcn3 in AECIIs in adulthood...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Qian Wang, Song-Fan Yan, Yu Hao, Sheng-Wei Jin
Objective: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is an acute and lethal clinical syndrome that is characterized by the injury of alveolar epithelium, which impairs active fluid transport in the lung, and impedes the reabsorption of edema fluid from the alveolar space. This review aimed to discuss the role of pro-resolving mediators on the regulation of alveolar fluid clearance (AFC) in ARDS. Data Sources: Articles published up to September 2017 were selected from the PubMed, with the keywords of "alveolar fluid clearance" or "lung edema" or "acute lung injury" or "acute respiratory distress syndrome", and "specialized pro-resolving mediators" or "lipoxin" or "resolvin" or "protectin" or "maresin" or "alveolar epithelial cells" or "aspirin-triggered lipid mediators" or "carbon monoxide and heme oxygenase" or "annexin A1"...
April 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
He-Jing Bao, Shu-Dong Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the regulatory role of classical Shh signaling pathway in the development of the epithelium and mesenchyme (bronchial cartilage and smooth muscles) during lung development in fetal mice. METHODS: Immunohistochemical technique was used to detect the expression of Shh signaling pathway receptor Smo and Pdgfr-α in murine fetal lungs to explore the spatial and temporal characteristics of their expression. Based on the interstitial specificity of Pdgfr-α expression, we constructed a Pdgfr-α-cre to establish a E12...
March 20, 2018: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
S-C Zou, J Jiang, J Song
OBJECTIVE: We aimed at exploring the role of IL-33 in mouse chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and its potential molecular mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mice model was established by cigarette smoking (CS). COPD mice were randomly assigned into PBS group and IL-33 antibody group. The peripheral blood and lung tissues of mice from two groups were collected for the following experiments. Pathological changes of the lung tissues in both groups were analyzed by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Xiaolong Zhang, Rong Zhuang, Haiya Wu, Jie Chen, Fangyan Wang, Guoping Li, Chengyun Wu
AIMS: Endotoxin induced acute lung injury (ALI) is a critical complication of some clinical illnesses. Endothelial cell dysfunction and excessive pro-inflammation cytokine release are pivotal to the injury of alveolar-capillary membrane which is the typical characteristic of endotoxic lung injury. As a potential marker of endothelial cells, endocan plays an important role in many endothelial-dependent pathophysiological diseases. We speculated that endocan have anti-inflammatory property in ALI...
April 5, 2018: Life Sciences
Justin C Hewlett, Jonathan A Kropski, Timothy S Blackwell
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fibrotic disease of the lung that is marked by progressive decline in pulmonary function and ultimately respiratory failure. Genetic and environmental risk factors have been identified that indicate injury to, and dysfunction of the lung epithelium is central to initiating the pathogenic process. Following injury to the lung epithelium, growth factors, matrikines and extracellular matrix driven signaling together activate a variety of repair pathways that lead to inflammatory cell recruitment, fibroblast proliferation and expansion of the extracellular matrix, culminating in tissue fibrosis...
April 3, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
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