Victor Ruiz

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico

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    ABSTRACT: Rationale: Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) represents a lung inflammation provoked by exposure to a variety of antigens. Chronic HP may evolve to lung fibrosis. Bone marrow-derived fibrocytes migrate to injured tissues and contribute to fibrogenesis but its role in HP is unknown. Objective: To asses the possible participation of fibrocytes in chronic HP. Methods: CD45+/CXCR4+/Col-I+ circulating fibrocytes were evaluated by flow cytometry, and the presence of fibrocytes in HP and normal lungs by confocal microscopy. The concentration of CXCL12 in plasma and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids was quantified by ELISA. The effect of fibrocytes on lung fibroblasts and T-lymphocytes was examined in cocultures. Results: The percentage of circulating fibrocytes was significantly increased in HP patients compared with healthy individuals (5.3%±3.4% versus 0.8%±0.7%, p=0.00004). Numerous fibrocytes were found infiltrating the HP lungs near fibroblasts and lymphocytes. Plasma CXCL12 concentration was significantly increased in HP patients (2303.3±813.7pg/ml versus 1385.6±318.5 pg/ml; p=0.00003), and similar results were found in BAL fluids. The chemokine was primarily expressed by epithelial cells. In co-cultures, fibrocytes induced on lung fibroblasts a significant increase in the expression of α-1 type-I-collagen, MMP-1 and PDGFβ. Likewise, fibrocytes induced the up-regulation of CCL2 in HP lymphocytes and fibroblasts. Conclusions: These findings demonstrate that high levels of fibrocytes are present in the peripheral blood of patients with chronic HP, and that these cells infiltrate the HP lungs. Fibrocytes may participate in the pathogenesis of HP amplifying the inflammatory and fibrotic response by paracrine signaling inducing the secretion of a variety of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic molecules.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 12/2014; · 11.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an aging-related lung disorder characterized by expansion of the myofibroblast population and aberrant lung remodeling. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a steroid pro-hormone, decreases with age but an exaggerated decline has been associated with chronic-degenerative diseases.We quantified the plasma levels of DHEA and its sulfated form (DHEA-S) in 137 IPF patients and 58 controls and examined the effects of DHEA on human lung fibroblasts.Plasmatic DHEA/DHEA-S were significantly decreased in male IPF patients, (DHEA, median (max-min): 4.4 (0.2-29.2) versus 6.7 (2.1-15.2) ng·mL(-1); p<0.01; DHEA-S, median: 47 (15.0-211) versus 85.2 (37.6-247.0) μg·dl(-1); p<0.001), while in females only DHEA-S was significantly decreased (median: 32.6 (15.0-303.0) versus 68.3 (16.4-171); p<0.001). DHEA caused a decrease of fibroblast proliferation and a ∼2-fold increase of fibroblast apoptosis, likely through the intrinsic pathway with activation of caspase-9. This effect was accompanied by upregulation of several pro-apoptotic proteins (Bax and cyclin-dependent kinase-inhibitor CDNK1A) and downregulation of anti-apoptotic proteins such as c-IAP1/c-IAP2. DHEA also caused a significant decrease of TGF-β1-induced collagen production and fibroblast to myofibroblast differentiation, and inhibited PDGF-induced fibroblast migration.These findings demonstrate a disproportionate decrease of DHEA/DHEA-S in IPF patients and indicate that this molecule has multiple antifibrotic properties.
    European Respiratory Journal 11/2012; · 6.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rationale: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating disease characterized by epithelial phenotypic changes and fibroblast activation. Based on the temporal heterogeneity of IPF, we hypothesized that hyperplastic alveolar epithelial cells regulate the fibrotic response. Objectives: To identify novel mediators of fibrosis comparing the transcriptional signature of hyperplastic epithelial cells and conserved epithelial cells in the same lung. Methods: Laser capture microscope and microarrays analysis were used to identify differentially expressed genes in IPF lungs. Bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis was evaluated in Mmp19-deficient and wild-type (WT) mice. The role of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-19 was additionally studied by transfecting the human MMP19 in alveolar epithelial cells. Measurements and Main Results: Laser capture microscope followed by microarray analysis revealed a novel mediator, MMP-19, in hyperplastic epithelial cells adjacent to fibrotic regions. Mmp19(-/-) mice showed a significantly increased lung fibrotic response to bleomycin compared with WT mice. A549 epithelial cells transfected with human MMP19 stimulated wound healing and cell migration, whereas silencing MMP19 had the opposite effect. Gene expression microarray of transfected A549 cells showed that PTGS2 (prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2) was one of the highly induced genes. PTGS2 was overexpressed in IPF lungs and colocalized with MMP-19 in hyperplastic epithelial cells. In WT mice, PTGS2 was significantly increased in bronchoalveolar lavage and lung tissues after bleomycin-induced fibrosis, but not in Mmp19(-/-) mice. Inhibition of Mmp-19 by siRNA resulted in inhibition of Ptgs2 at mRNA and protein levels. Conclusions: Up-regulation of MMP19 induced by lung injury may play a protective role in the development of fibrosis through the induction of PTGS2.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 08/2012; 186(8):752-62. · 11.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Survivin is an important member of the Inhibitor of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs) family and has essential roles in apoptosis and cell cycle progression. This gene is commonly upregulated in human cancer and provides an exciting diagnostic and therapeutic target. Survivin is expressed as several isoforms that are generated by alternative splicing, and some of these present antagonistic activities. Currently, information regarding the regulation of these isoforms is lacking. In this study, we sought to analyze survivin Delta Ex3 expression in a three-dimensional model of avascular tumors and its overexpression effects in processes such as proliferation, clonogenicity and apoptosis. We found a positive correlation between spheroid growth and survivin Delta Ex3 expression during the exponential phase. We demonstrated that this isoform not only decreased apoptosis but also inhibited tumor spheroid formation by decreasing proliferation and clonogenic survival. These results point toward a dual and antagonistic effect of this spliced survivin isoform in cancer development.
    Cancer letters 12/2011; 318(1):61-7. · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is probably the result of interplay between cytokines/chemokines and growth factors. The renin-angiotensin (Ang) system is involved, although its profibrotic effect is attributed to Ang II. However, recent studies suggest that renin, through a specific receptor, is implicated in fibrogenesis. In this study, the expression of renin and renin receptor was examined in normal and IPF lungs and fibroblasts. Normal human lung fibroblasts were stimulated with renin or transfected with renin small interfering RNA (siRNA), and the expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 and α-1-type I collagen was analysed. Normal lungs and lung fibroblasts expressed renin, which was strongly upregulated in IPF lungs and fibroblasts (∼10-fold increase; p<0.05). Immunocytochemistry showed intense renin staining in IPF fibroblasts. Renin-stimulated lung fibroblasts displayed an increase in the expression of TGF-β1 (mean ± sd 1.8 × 10(3) ± 0.2 × 10(3) versus 1.2 × 10(3)± 0.3 × 10(3) mRNA copies per 18S ribosomal RNA; p<0.01) and collagen (5.93 × 10(2)± 0.66 × 10(2) versus 3.28 × 10(2) ± 0.5 × 10(2); p<0.01), while knocking down renin expression using siRNA provoked a strong decrease of both molecules. These effects were independent of Ang II, since neither losartan nor captopril decreased these effects. Renin also decreased matrix metalloprotease-1 expression and induced TGF-β1 activation (163 ± 34 versus 110 ± 15 pg active TGF-β1 per mg total protein). These findings highlight the possible role of renin as an Ang II-independent profibrotic factor in lung fibrosis.
    European Respiratory Journal 06/2011; 39(1):141-8. · 6.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fibrocytes are progenitor cells characterized by the simultaneous expression of mesenchymal, monocyte, and hematopoietic stem cell markers. We previously documented their presence in lungs of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. However, the mechanisms involved in their migration, subsequent homing, and local role remain unclear. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) facilitate cell migration and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. To evaluate the expression and role of matrix metalloproteinases in human fibrocytes. Fibrocytes were purified from CD14(+) monocytes and cultured for 8 days; purity of fibrocyte cultures was 95% or greater as determined by flow cytometry. Conditioned media and total RNA were collected and the expression of MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-7, MMP-8, and MMP-9 was evaluated by real-time polymerase chain reaction. Protein synthesis was examined using a Multiplex assay, Western blot, fluorescent immunocytochemistry, and confocal microscopy. MMP-2 and MMP-9 enzymatic activities were evaluated by gelatin zymography. Migration was assessed using collagen I-coated Boyden chambers. Stromal cell-derived factor-1α and platelet-derived growth factor-B were used as chemoattractant with or without a specific MMP-8 inhibitor. Fibrocytes showed gene and protein expression of MMP-2, MMP-9, MMP-8, and MMP-7. MMP-2 and MMP-9 enzymatic activities were also demonstrated by gelatin zymography. Likewise, we found colocalization of MMP-8 and MMP-7 with type I collagen in fibrocytes. Fibrocyte migration toward platelet-derived growth factor-B or Stromal cell-derived factor-1α in collagen I-coated Boyden chambers was significantly reduced by a specific MMP-8 inhibitor. Our findings reveal that fibrocytes express a variety of MMPs and that MMP-8 actively participates in the process of fibrocyte migration.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 11/2010; 182(9):1144-52. · 11.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and lethal lung disorder of unknown etiology. IPF is likely the result of complex interrelationships between environmental and host factors, although the genetic risk factors are presently uncertain. Because we have found that some MHC polymorphisms confer susceptibility to IPF, in the present study we aimed to evaluate the role of the MHC class I chain-related gene A (MICA) in the risk of developing the disease. MICA molecular typing was done by reference strand mediated conformation analysis in a cohort of 80 IPF patients and 201 controls. In addition, the lung cellular source of the protein was examined by immunohistochemistry, the expression of the MICA receptor NKG2D in lung cells by flow cytometry and soluble MICA by ELISA. A significant increase of MICA*001 was observed in the IPF cohort (OR = 2.91, 95% CI = 1.04-8.25; pC = 0.03). Likewise, the frequency of the MICA*001/*00201 genotype was significantly increased in patients with IPF compared with the healthy controls (OR = 4.72, 95% CI = 1.15-22.51; pC = 0.01). Strong immunoreactive MICA staining was localized in alveolar epithelial cells and fibroblasts from IPF lungs while control lungs were negative. Soluble MICA was detected in 35% of IPF patients compared with 12% of control subjects (P = 0.0007). The expression of NKG2D was significantly decreased in gammadelta T cells and natural killer cells obtained from IPF lungs. These findings indicate that MICA polymorphisms and abnormal expression of the MICA receptor NKG2D might contribute to IPF susceptibility.
    Human Genetics 05/2009; 125(5-6):639-48. · 4.63 Impact Factor
  • American Thoracic Society 2009 International Conference, May 15-20, 2009 • San Diego, California; 04/2009
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    ABSTRACT: Type I collagen synthesis and degradation are important events during Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) granuloma or cavity formation, and fibroblasts are cells involved in these processes. We examined the MTb effects on fibroblast collagen metabolism to understand the virulence factors involved in tuberculosis pathogenesis. Human lung fibroblasts were incubated with culture medium or sonicated MTb H37Ra (avirulent) or H37Rv (virulent) strains. The effects on collagen synthesis, fibroblast proliferation and collagenase activity were examined. Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1), MMP-13 and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP-1) mRNA levels were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR amplification. Protein expression was explored by Western blot technique. Collagen synthesis and fibroblast proliferation were significantly increased by H37Ra medium. In contrast, cells incubated with H37Rv medium showed an increase in collagenase activity. MMPs quantitative real-time PCR amplification revealed an increase on MMP-13 mRNA levels in fibroblasts cultured with H37Rv medium, with little effect observed on MMP-1 expression. Western blot assay demonstrated that H37Rv medium stimulated MMP-1 and MMP-13 proenzyme synthesis. This medium had a large effect on MMP-1 activation. TIMP-1 transcription was increased in cells incubated with medium and sonicated from H37Ra, although the highest TIMP-1 protein expression was found in fibroblasts cultured with sonicated H37Rv. These results suggest that MTb had direct effects on fibroblast collagen turnover, with differences in collagen synthesis and degradation depending on the strain.
    Respiration 11/2008; 77(2):195-202. · 2.92 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Elastolysis, collagenolysis and gelatinolysis are essential in the pathogenesis of tobacco smoke-induced emphysema; however, these activities have been scantily studied in emphysema secondary to woodsmoke. The aim of this study was to analyze elastolysis, collagenolysis and gelatinolysis, MMP-1, MMP-2, and MMP-9 expression, and apoptosis in guinea pigs exposed to smoke produced by 60 g/day of pine wood, 5 days/week, from 1 to 7 months. Histological analysis after 4 to 7 months in smoke exposed guinea pigs showed alveolar mononuclear phagocyte and lymphocytic peribronchiolar inflammation, epithelial and smooth muscle hyperplasia, and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Mild to moderate emphysematous lesions were observed in woodsmoke-exposed animals at 4 to 7 months by increase of mean linear intercepts. A higher percentage of whole blood carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) and elastolytic activity in bronchoalveolar lavage macrophages and lung tissue homogenates was observed at all times. Collagenolysis was increased after 4 to 7 months in woodsmoke-exposed animals, although collagen concentration did not change. Zymography revealed increase in lysis bands of the active MMP-2 and MMP-9 at 4 and 7 months in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lung tissue homogenate. Positive immunostaining for MMP-1 and MMP-9 was observed in epithelial cells and macrophages in wood exposed animals at 4 to 7 months. Real-time PCR showed MMP-2 and MMP-9 expression at 3 to 7 months in exposed animals. Furthermore, apoptosis was increased at all times in bronchoalveolar lavage macrophages and lung tissue from exposed animals. Results support a role of metalloproteinases and apoptosis in emphysema secondary to woodsmoke exposure.
    Inhalation Toxicology 11/2008; 21(2):119-32. · 1.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and progressive fibrotic lung disorder of unknown etiology and unclear pathogenesis. Matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) is strongly upregulated and may contribute to the abnormal remodeling that characterizes the disease. We conducted a case-control study of 130 IPF patients and 305 healthy controls to investigate associations between two polymorphisms of the MMP-1 gene promoter and IPF risk. First, using PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) analysis we studied the 2G polymorphism at -1,607, shown previously to generate the core of an AP-1 binding site and correlate with high transcriptional activity and risk for IPF. The frequency of the 2G/2G genotype was higher in IPF than in controls (63 vs. 49%; P < 0.008; OR = 1.7; CI 1.15-2.79). Next, we studied a T/G SNP at position -755, which we identified by sequencing the MMP-1 promoter. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay performed on IPF fibroblasts with either -755 genotype revealed an AP-1 binding site for TT(-755) and GT(-755) genotypes. The frequency of this SNP revealed no significant differences between IPF and healthy controls. However, when the study individuals were stratified by their smoking status, a significant increase in the T/T genotype frequency was observed in smoking cases compared with smoking controls (45 vs. 26%; P = 0.03; OR = 2.3; CI 1.15-4.97). These findings indicate that polymorphisms of the MMP-1 promoter may confer increased risk for IPF and reveal a putative gene-environment interaction between the -755 MMP-1 polymorphism and smoking in this disease.
    Human Genetics 10/2008; 124(5):465-72. · 4.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fibroblast/myofibroblast expansion is critical in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. To date, most research has focused on profibrotic mediators, whereas studies on antifibrotic factors are scanty. In this study, we explored the effects of acidic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-1) and FGF-1 plus heparin (FGF-1+H) on fibroblast growth rate, apoptosis, and myofibroblast differentiation. Heparin was used because it participates in FGF-1 signaling. Growth rate was evaluated by WST-1 colorimetric assay, DNA synthesis by [(3)H]thymidine incorporation, and apoptosis by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) and cleaved caspase 3. Expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) was examined by immunocytochemistry, flow cytometry, real-time PCR, and immunoblotting. Despite the induction of DNA synthesis, FGF-1+H significantly reduced fibroblast growth rate. This correlated with a significant increase in apoptosis, evaluated by TUNEL (41.6 +/- 1.4% vs. 12.5 +/- 0.6% from controls; P < 0.01) and cleaved caspase 3 (295 +/- 32 vs. 200 +/- 19 ng/10(6) cells from controls; P < 0.05). Double immunostaining (alpha-SMA-TUNEL) revealed that the levels of induced apoptosis were similar in fibroblasts and myofibroblasts. FGF-1+H inhibited the effect of TGF-beta1 on myofibroblast differentiation. alpha-SMA-positive cells were reduced by immunocytochemistry from 44.5 +/- 6.5% to 10.9 +/- 1.9% and by flow cytometry from 30.6 +/- 2.5% to 7.7 +/- 0.6% (P < 0.01). Also, FGF-1+H significantly inhibited the TGF-beta1 induction of alpha-SMA quantified by real-time PCR and Western blot. This decrease was associated with a 35% reduction in TGF-beta1-induced collagen gel contraction. The effect of FGF-1+H was mediated by a significant decrease of TGF-beta1-induced Smad2 phosphorylation. FGF-1 alone exhibited similar but lower effects. These findings suggest that FGF-1 can have an antifibrogenic role, inducing apoptosis of fibroblasts and inhibiting myofibroblast differentiation.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 11/2006; 291(5):L871-9. · 3.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and lethal disorder characterized by fibroproliferation and excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix in the lung. Using oligonucleotide arrays, we identified osteopontin as one of the genes that significantly distinguishes IPF from normal lungs. Osteopontin was localized to alveolar epithelial cells in IPF lungs and was also significantly elevated in bronchoalveolar lavage from IPF patients. To study the fibrosis-relevant effects of osteopontin we stimulated primary human lung fibroblasts and alveolar epithelial cells (A549) with recombinant osteopontin. Osteopontin induced a significant increase of migration and proliferation in both fibroblasts and epithelial cells. Epithelial growth was inhibited by the pentapeptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (GRGDS) and antibody to CD44, while fibroproliferation was inhibited by GRGDS and antibody to alphavbeta3 integrin. Fibroblast and epithelial cell migration were inhibited by GRGDS, anti-CD44, and anti-alphavbeta3. In fibroblasts, osteopontin up-regulated tissue inhibitor of metalloprotease-1 and type I collagen, and down-regulated matrix metalloprotease-1 (MMP-1) expression, while in A549 cells it caused up-regulation of MMP-7. In human IPF lungs, osteopontin colocalized with MMP-7 in alveolar epithelial cells, and application of weakest link statistical models to microarray data suggested a significant interaction between osteopontin and MMP-7. Our results provide a potential mechanism by which osteopontin secreted from the alveolar epithelium may exert a profibrotic effect in IPF lungs and highlight osteopontin as a potential target for therapeutic intervention in this incurable disease.
    PLoS Medicine 10/2005; 2(9):e251. · 15.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a cytokine overexpressed in hypoxic and malignant pathologies. VEGF induces vascular hyperplasia, new bone formation, and edema. These histological abnormalities characterize hypertrophic osteoarthropathy. We describe a case of pulmonary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy with high circulating VEGF levels. Removal of the lung tumor led to a dramatic disappearance of the skeletal abnormalities and to reduction of circulating VEGF levels. Histochemical studies of the excised tumor confirmed abnormal VEGF production.
    The Journal of Rheumatology 04/2004; 31(3):614-6. · 3.26 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Wood smoke (WS) exposure causes COPD with respiratory alterations that are similar to those described for COPD associated with tobacco smoke (TS). The aim of the present study was to analyze the effects of WS on matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity and expression. BAL fluid and macrophages were obtained from patients exposed to WS and TS, and from control subjects. Macrophage elastolytic activity was assayed by radiolabeled elastin degradation. Gelatinolytic activity was measured by zymography in BAL fluid samples. MMP-2, MMP-9, and MMP-12 expression were analyzed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in macrophages from each group. Macrophage elastolytic activity was increased significantly in WS and TS cells in comparison to control subjects with no differences between WS and TS samples. MMP-2 was identified in all groups as a 72-Kd band (proMMP-2), with the highest activity in the WS samples. MMP-9 was present in its latent and active forms with the highest gelatinolytic activity in the WS group. MMP-2 expression was increased in both groups as well as MMP-12 compared with the control. Two of three subjects studied in each COPD group had a significant increase in MMP-9 expression. These findings demonstrate that WS increases MMP activity and expression that might produce lung damage similar to that observed in COPD associated with TS.
    Chest 03/2004; 125(2):466-72. · 7.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we examined the sequential expression of several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), and growth factors as well as the presence of apoptosis in a model of pulmonary fibrosis induced in rats with paraquat and hyperoxia. Animals showing neither clinical nor morphological changes with this double aggression were classified as "resistant". Rats were killed at 1, 2, 3, and 6 wk, and lungs were used for collagen content, gene expression by real-time PCR, gelatinolytic activity by zymography, apoptosis by in situ DNA fragmentation, and protein localization by immunohistochemistry. Our results showed a significant decrease of collagenases MMP-8 and MMP-13, with an increase of TIMP-1 and transforming growth factor-beta. Immunoreactive TIMP-1 was increased in experimental rats and primarily localized in alveolar macrophages. Expression of gelatinases MMP-2 and MMP-9 mRNAs was not affected, but lung zymography revealed an increase in progelatinase B, progelatinase A, and its active form. Epithelial apoptosis was evident from the first week, whereas at later periods, interstitial cell apoptosis was also noticed. Resistant animals behave as controls. These findings suggest that an imbalance between collagenases and TIMPs, excessive gelatinolytic activity, and epithelial apoptosis participate in the fibrotic response in this experimental model.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 12/2003; 285(5):L1026-36. · 3.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Angiogenesis is an essential process required for growth and tissue repair after injury, but it may also contribute to the pathology of a number of human disorders including neoplasias, atherosclerosis and inflammatory diseases. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a potent angiogenic peptide upregulated by many cytokines and endothelium shear stresses. Lung is a highly vascular tissue with finely organized and regulated microvascular beds, and its inflammation may lead to dysregulated angiogenesis. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is a lung disorder characterized by chronic lymphocytic inflammation and endothelial damage. However, neovascularization has not been previously explored. In this study, we examined the expression and localization of VEGF in 38 patients with HP and 14 healthy control subjects (CS). VEGF levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were measured by ELISA, and cellular lung localization was determined by immunohistochemistry. In addition, VEGF expression was analyzed in lung tissue by RT-PCR. Our results showed sera levels significantly increased in HP patients compared with CS (209.3 +/- 189.3 vs. 55.3 +/- 31.4 pg/ml; p = 0.004). By contrast, BALF levels of VEGF were significantly decreased in HP patients compared with CS (35.3 +/- 51.5 pg/ml vs. 185.1 +/- 191.4 pg/ml; p < 0.001). VEGF was primary expressed by epithelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and interstitial macrophages in HP tissue. Flt-1 and Flk-1 receptors were highly expressed by endothelial cells from medium and small vessels in HP tissue. By RT-PCR the VEGF RNA was increased compared with those in normal lung. Our results suggest that abnormal expression of VEGF may contribute to impair the lung repair in HP.
    Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry 10/2003; 111(4):365-8.
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate repair mechanisms in bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, we used mice deficient in gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT-/-), a key enzyme in glutathione (GSH) and cysteine metabolism. Seventy-two hours after bleomycin (0.03 U/g), GGT-/- mice displayed a different inflammatory response to wild-type mice as judged by a near absence of neutrophils in lung tissue and bronchoalveolar lavage and a less pronounced rise in matrix metalloproteinase-9. Inflammation in GGT-/- mice consisted mainly of lymphocytes and macrophages. At 1 month, lungs from bleomycin-treated GGT-/- mice exhibited minimal areas of fibrosis compared with wild-type mice(light microscopy fibrosis index: 510 +/- 756 versus 1975 +/- 817, p < 0.01). Lung collagen content revealed a significant increase in bleomycin-treated wild-type (15.1 +/- 3.8 versus 8.5 +/- 0.7 microg hydroxy(OH)-proline/mg dry weight, p < 0.01) but not in GGT-/- (10.4 +/- 1.7 versus 8.8 +/- 0.8). Control lungs from GGT-/- showed a significant reduction of cysteine (0.03 +/- 0.005 versus 0.055 +/- 0.001, p < 0.02) and GSH levels (1.24 +/- 0.055 versus 1.79 +/- 0.065, p < 0.002). These values decreased after 72 hours of bleomycin in both GGT-/- and wild-type but reached their respective control values after 1 month. Supplementation with N-acetyl cysteine partially ameliorated the effects of GGT deficiency. These findings suggest that increased neutrophils and matrix metalloproteinase-9 during the early inflammatory response and adequate thiol reserves are key elements in the fibrotic response after bleomycin-induced pulmonary injury.
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 04/2003; 167(6):925-32. · 11.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to assess the possible role of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS). We studied 28 patients with SLE, 10 patients with PAPS, and 24 healthy controls. VEGF plasma levels were measured by ELISA. Immunolocalization of VEGF was done in renal tissue from SLE patients and cadaveric controls. Our results showed that VEGF plasma levels were increased in SLE patients compared with PAPS and controls. The correlation between clinical manifestations and VEGF levels revealed that SLE patients with renal failure had significantly increased plasma VEGF levels (134.1 + 91.0 pg/ml) compared with SLE patients with normal renal function (42.9 + 19.0 pg/ml), PAPS patients (41.9 + 26.6 pg/ml), and controls (36.2 + 27.0 pg/ml; P < 0.01). Immunostaining showed a strong expression of VEGF in SLE renal tissue samples. Our preliminary results indicate that VEGF is increased in plasma from patients with lupus nephritis and a moderate degree of renal failure and is overexpressed in renal tissue from these patients.
    Lupus 02/2002; 11(1):21-4. · 2.78 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disorder characterized by fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix accumulation. However, studies on fibroblast growth rate and collagen synthesis have given contradictory results. Here we analyzed fibroblast growth rate by a formazan-based chromogenic assay; fibroblast apoptosis by in situ end labeling (ISEL) and propidium iodide staining; percent of alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA) positive cells by fluorescence-activated cell sorter; and alpha1-(I) collagen, transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1, collagenase-1, gelatinases A and B, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1, -2, -3, and -4 expression by reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction in fibroblasts derived from IPF and control lungs. Growth rate was significantly lower in IPF fibroblasts compared with controls (13.3 +/- 38.5% versus 294.6 +/- 57%, P < 0.0001 at 13 d). Conversely, a significantly higher percentage of apoptotic cells was observed in IPF-derived fibroblasts (ISEL: 31.9 +/- 7.0% versus 15.5 +/- 7.6% from controls; P < 0.008). alpha-SMA analysis revealed a significantly higher percentage of myofibroblasts in IPF samples (62.8 +/- 25.2% versus 14.8 +/- 11.7% from controls; P < 0.01). IPF fibroblasts were characterized by an increase in pro-alpha1-(I) collagen, TGF-beta1, gelatinase B, and all TIMPs' gene expression, whereas collagenase-1 and gelatinase A expression showed no differences. These results suggest that fibroblasts from IPF exhibit a profibrotic secretory phenotype, with lower growth rate and increased spontaneous apoptosis.
    American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 05/2001; 24(5):591-8. · 4.15 Impact Factor

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  • 1998–2012
    • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
      • School of Science
      Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico
  • 2011
    • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
      Maryland, United States
  • 1998–2011
    • Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Respiratorias
      Ciudad de México, The Federal District, Mexico
  • 2001
    • Tulane University
      • Section of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine
      New Orleans, LA, United States