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Hyaluronan Mediates Ozone-induced Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Mice

NIEHS, National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.6). 02/2009; 284(17):11309-17. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M802400200
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ABSTRACT Ozone is a common urban environmental air pollutant and significantly contributes to hospitalizations for respiratory illness. The mechanisms, which regulate ozone-induced bronchoconstriction, remain poorly understood. Hyaluronan was recently shown to play a central role in the response to noninfectious lung injury. Therefore, we hypothesized that hyaluronan contributes to airway hyperreactivity (AHR) after exposure to ambient ozone. Using an established model of ozone-induced airways disease, we characterized the role of hyaluronan in airway hyperresponsiveness. The role of hyaluronan in response to ozone was determined by using therapeutic blockade, genetically modified animals, and direct challenge to hyaluronan. Ozone-exposed mice demonstrate enhanced AHR associated with elevated hyaluronan levels in the lavage fluid. Mice deficient in either CD44 (the major receptor for hyaluronan) or inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor (molecule that facilitates hyaluronan binding) show similar elevations in hyaluronan but are protected from ozone-induced AHR. Mice pretreated with hyaluronan-binding peptide are protected from the development of ozone-induced AHR. Overexpression of hyaluronan enhances the airway response to ozone. Intratracheal instillation of endotoxin-free low molecular weight hyaluronan induces AHR dependent on CD44, whereas instillation of high molecular weight hyaluronan protects against ozone-induced AHR. In conclusion, we demonstrate that hyaluronan mediates ozone-induced AHR, which is dependent on the fragment size and both CD44 and inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor. These data support the conclusion that pulmonary matrix can contribute to the development of airway hyperresponsiveness.

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    • "Surprisingly, O 3 -induced increases in BAL TNFα were significantly reduced in obese versus lean mice (Figure 5C). O 3 induces fragmentation of the matrix glycoprotein, hyaluronan, leading to AHR (Garantziotis et al. 2009). Such hyal uronan fragments are thought to be induced via oxidative stress caused by O 3 . "
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    • "Development of ozone-induced AHR requires several components of the inflammasome complex including; ASC, caspase1, and Nlrp3. Ozone inhalation results in increased level of soluble hyaluronan, which we have previously reported to contribute to AHR (Garantziotis et al. 2009). We now report that hyaluronan-induced cleavage of alveolar macrophage-derived pro-IL-1β is dependent on the Nlrp3-inflammasome. "
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    • "We previously observed that direct instillation of hyaluronan fragments into the lung can induce AHR in a manner independent of cellu lar inflammation (Garantziotis et al. 2009). Therefore, we considered that because mindin binding to LPS can be blocked by simple sugars (He et al. 2004), mindin could be required for biological response to hyaluronan fragments, which contribute to Tlr4-dependent response to ozone (Garantziotis et al. 2009, 2010). However, we determined that the in vivo AHR response to hyaluronan fragments in the airspace is independent of mindin [see Supplemental Material, Figure 2 "
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