Plasminogen activator inhibitor type-1 deficiency exaggerates LPS-induced acute lung injury through enhancing Toll-like receptor 4 signaling pathway.
ABSTRACT Mice lacking plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) did not affect lung injury induced by gram-positive bacteria pneumococcal pneumonia but worsened lung injury induced by gram-negative bacteria Klebsiella. The exact mechanisms have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we examined the signaling pathway of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) with/without PAI-1 in acute lung injury (ALI) induced by lipopolysaccharides (LPS) in mice. PAI-1 knockout mice (n=60) and wild-type mice (n=60) were exposed to LPS intratracheal instillation. Different groups of mice were then sacrificed at 0 and 8 h after LPS instillation. PAI-1-/- mice showed increased excess lung water and elevated cytokines production and release. In addition, expression of TLR4 was up-regulated and the phosphorylation activation of extracellular regulating kinase (ERK) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) were also increased in PAI-1 knockout mice compared to wild-type mice. Inversely, interleukin (IL)-1 receptor-associated kinase-M (IRAK-M) and suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 (SOCS1) were both significantly reduced in PAI-1-/-mice after LPS challenge. PAI-1 deletion increased lung injury induced by LPS through up-regulation of TLR4, ERK and C-JNK and down-regulation of TLR4 negative regulators.
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ABSTRACT: Critically ill patients frequently develop acute lung injury (ALI). Disturbed alveolar fibrin turnover, a characteristic feature of ALI, is the result of both activation of coagulation and inhibition of fibrinolysis. Nebulized fibrinolytic agents could exert lung-protective effects, via promotion of fibrinolysis as well as anti-inflammation. Rats were challenged intratracheally with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, resulting in pneumonia as a model for direct ALI, or received an intravenous bolus infusion of lipopolysaccharide, as a model for indirect ALI. Rats were randomized to nebulization of normal saline (placebo), recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rtPA), or monoclonal antibodies against plasminogen activator inhibitor-type 1 (anti-PAI-1). Nebulized rtPA or anti-PA1-1 enhanced the bronchoalveolar fibrinolytic system, as reflected by a significant reduction of PAI-1 activity levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and a consequent increase in plasminogen activator activity (PAA) levels to supranormal values. Both treatments also significantly affected systemic fibrinolysis as reflected by a significant increase in PAA levels in plasma to supranormal levels. Neither nebulized rtPA nor anti-PA1-1 affected pulmonary inflammation. Neither treatment affected bacterial clearance of P. aeruginosa from the lungs in case of pneumonia. Local treatment with rtPA or anti-PA1-1 affects pulmonary fibrinolysis but not inflammation in models of direct or indirect ALI in rats.PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(2):e55262. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) contributes to ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury. This study aimed to determine its precise role in this pathogenic state and the related signaling pathway. METHODS: Ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury models were generated in TLR4(-/-) mice (C3H/HeJ: point mutation; C57BL/10ScNJ: gene deletion), their respective TLR4(+/+) wild-type counterparts, and heterozygous TLR4(+/-) mice. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC) was injected intraperitoneally 1 h or 30 min before ethanol administration. At 1 h post-ethanol treatment, gastric or serum specimens were evaluated. RESULTS: Ethanol intra-gastric administration induced significant gastric mucosal injury in all mice, but the damaged area was larger in TLR4(-/-) mice. LPS preconditioning and up-regulated TLR4 expression led to significantly larger areas of gastric mucosal damage. Upon ethanol administration, TLR4(+/+), and not TLR4(-/-), mice showed significant increases in TLR4, myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88), cytoplasmic high mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), and nuclear factor-kappa B p65 (NF-κB p65). PDTC pretreatment significantly attenuated the ethanol-induced gastric mucosal damaged areas, inhibited nuclear NF-κB p65 expression, and suppressed HMGB1 translocation out of the nucleus. In addition, PDTC pretreatment reduced ethanol-stimulated expression of the inflammatory modulators, interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), in serum. CONCLUSIONS: Both deficient and excessive expression of TLR4 promotes ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury. The underlying mechanism involves the MyD88/NF-κB signaling pathway and the HMGB1, TLR4 activator ligand. The increased expression of HMGB1 may lead to increased secretion and binding to TLR4, further stimulating the TLR4/MyD88/NF-κB signaling pathway and aggravating the ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury.Digestive Diseases and Sciences 06/2013; · 2.26 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Acute lung injury (ALI) is a serious clinical syndrome with a high rate of mortality. In this study, the effects of triptolide on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced ALI in rats were investigated. Sixty-five male Sprague Dawley rats(approved by ethics committee of the First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University) were randomly divided into five groups. The control group was injected with 2.5 mL saline/kg body weight via the tail vein and intraperitoneally with 1% dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) (n = 5). The L group was administered with 0.2% LPS dissolved in saline (5 mg/kg) to induce ALI via the tail vein (n = 15). The TP1, TP2, and TP3 groups were treated as rats in the L group and then intraperitoneally injected with 25, 50, and 100 mug triptolide/kg body weight, respectively (15 rats per group). Blood samples from the left heart artery were taken for blood gas analysis at 1 hour before injection and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 hours after saline and DMSO administration in the control group, LPS injection in the L group, and triptolide injection in the TP1, TP2, and TP3 groups. Lung wet-to-dry weight (W/D) ratio, diffuse alveolar damage (DAD) score, TNF-alpha levels, and mRNA and protein expression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) were analyzed. Compared with the control group, the arterial partial pressure of oxygen (PaO2) declined (P <0.05), the W/D ratio and DAD score increased (P <0.05), and TNF-alpha levels in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and mRNA and protein expression of TLR4 were significantly increased in the L group (P <0.05). Compared with the L group, PaO2 significantly increased in the TP2 and TP3 groups (P <0.05), while the W/D ratio and DAD score were significantly decreased in the TP2 and TP3 groups (P <0.05). TNF-alpha levels and mRNA and protein expression of TLR4 were significantly decreased in the TP2 and TP3 groups compared with the L group (P <0.05). Triptolide can ameliorate LPS-induced ALI by reducing the release of the inflammatory mediator TNF-alpha and inhibiting TLR4 expression.European journal of medical research. 12/2013; 18(1):58.