[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the role of the lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) at diagnosis in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) treated with standard chemotherapy. We retrospectively reviewed all SCLC patients who received frontline platinum-based chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy. The cut-off LMR value at diagnosis was 4.19 according to time-dependent receiver-operating characteristic analysis. A total of 188 patients were divided into two groups according to the LMR at diagnosis (low vs. high LMR). Of the 171 patients evaluated for treatment response, 14 (12.4 %) in the low LMR group and 1 (1.7 %) in the high LMR group were non-responders (p = 0.025). In the whole patient cohort, progression-free survival and overall survival were significantly shorter in the low LMR group (low vs. high: median 6.4 vs. 7.1 months, p = 0.001; median 10.6 vs. 13.1 months, p = 0.003, respectively). On multivariate analysis, a low LMR at diagnosis was an independent unfavourable prognostic factor for predicting survival. The LMR at diagnosis could be helpful for predicting prognosis in SCLC.
Medical Oncology 12/2014; 31(12):323. · 2.06 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The diagnosis and treatment of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) have become mandatory to reduce the burden of tuberculosis worldwide. Close contacts of active TB patients are at high risk of both active and LTBI. The aim of this study is to identify the predominant risk factors of contracting LTBI, persons in close contact with TB patients were recruited. This study also aimed to compare the efficacy of the tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON®-TB GOLD (QFT-G) to diagnose LTBI.
Close contacts of active pulmonary TB patients visiting a hospital in South Korea were diagnosed for LTBI using TST and/or QFT-G. The association of positive TST and/or QFT-G with the following factors was estimated: age, gender, history of Bacillius Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination, history of pulmonary TB, cohabitation status, the acid-fast bacilli smear status, and presence of cough in source cases.
Of 308 subjects, 38.0% (116/305) were TST positive and 28.6% (59/206) were QFT-G positive. TST positivity was significantly associated with male gender (OR: 1.734; 95% CI: 1.001-3.003, p =0.049), history of pulmonary TB (OR: 4.130; 95% CI: 1.441-11.835, p =0.008) and household contact (OR: 2.130; 95% CI: 1.198-3.786, p =0.01) after adjustment for confounding variables. The degree of concordance between TST and QFT-G was fair (70.4%, κ =0.392).
A prevalence of LTBI among close contacts of active pulmonary TB patients was high, and prior TB history and being a household contact were risk factors of LTBI in the study population.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Adenosine deaminase (ADA) activity is useful for diagnosing tuberculous (TB) pleurisy in regions with a high prevalence of tuberculosis. However, some cases of TB pleural effusion show decreased ADA activity. Therefore, we evaluated factors influencing pleural ADA levels in patients with TB pleurisy.
We retrospectively evaluated 182 patients with TB pleural effusion who were admitted to Gyeongsang National University Hospital from January 2004 to September 2008. Patients were dichotomized into 2 groups: a low-ADA (<40 IU/L) group (n = 22) and a high-ADA (≥40 IU/L) group (n = 160). Age, sex, ADA level of pleural effusion, smoking status, history of tuberculosis and comorbid diseases were evaluated in each group.
The median age of the patients was 50.5 years, with a male to female ratio of 1.72:1. Patients with a low-ADA level were significantly older than those with a high ADA level (66.9 ± 12.0 versus 49.4 ± 21.2 years, P < 0.001). A history of tuberculosis and hypertension was more common in the low-ADA group than in the high-ADA group (31.8% versus 15.0%, P = 0.049 and 36.4% versus 16.9%, P = 0.03, respectively). A multivariate analysis revealed that older age and current smoking were predictive of TB pleurisy with a low ADA level (odds ratios, 1.053 and 4.848; P = 0.002 and 0.028, respectively).
Physicians should be careful when interpreting pleural ADA levels in elderly patients and/or current smokers for the diagnosis of TB pleurisy.
The American Journal of the Medical Sciences 04/2014; · 1.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pneumothorax (PTX) can occur as a complication of positive pressure ventilation in mechanically ventilated patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical characteristics of patients who developed PTX during mechanical ventilation (MV) in the intensive care unit (ICU). RESULTS: Of the 326 patients admitted (208 men and 118 women; mean age, 65.3 +/- 8.74 years), 15 (4.7%) developed PTX, which was MV-associated in 11 (3.3%) cases (6 men and 5 women; mean age, 68.3 +/- 9.12 years) and procedure-associated in 4. Among the patients with MV-associated PTX, the underlying lung diseases were acute respiratory distress syndrome in 7 patients, interstitial lung disease in 2 patients, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2 patients. PTX diagnosis was achieved by chest radiography alone in 9 patients and chest computed tomography alone in 2 patients. Nine patients were using assist-control mode MV with the mean applied positive end-expiratory pressure, 9 +/- 4.6 cmH2O and the mean tidal volume, 361 +/- 63.7 ml at the diagnosis of PTX. Two patients died as a result of MV-associated PTX and their systolic pressure was below 80 mmHg and heart rates were less than 80/min. Ten patients were treated by chest tube insertion, and 1 patient was treated by percutaneous pigtail catheter insertion. CONCLUSIONS: PTX can develop in patients undergoing MV, and may cause death. Early recognition and treatment are necessary to prevent hemodynamic compromise in patients who develop PTX.
Korean J Crit Care Med AID - 10.4266/kjccm.2014.29.1.13 [doi]. 01/2014; 29(1):13-18.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Osteopontin (OPN) is a phosphorylated glycoprotein expressed by diverse tissues including bone, brain, kidney, liver, and lung. Limited data exists regarding OPN in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the exacerbation of this condition.
The aim of this study was to evaluate plasma OPN levels and investigate the clinical usefulness of plasma OPN measurement in patients with COPD.
Plasma OPN levels were measured and compared in patients with COPD exacerbation (n=64), patients with stable COPD (n=68), and healthy controls (n=30). In patients with COPD exacerbation, plasma OPN levels were measured repeatedly in convalescence. Patients with stable COPD were categorized into frequent and infrequent exacerbators according to their frequency of exacerbation, and plasma OPN levels were compared between these2 groups. Plasma OPN levels were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.
Patients with COPD exacerbation had increased plasma OPN levels compared to those with stable COPD and healthy controls (32.6 ± 29.6, 17.6 ± 11.1, 8.4 ± 6.1ng/mL, respectively; p<0.001). In patients with COPD exacerbation, plasma OPN levels were significantly decreased in convalescence (44.8 ± 43.5 vs. 24.6 ± 13.6ng/mL, p=0.034). Frequent exacerbators had higher plasma OPN levels compared to infrequent exacerbators (22.5 ± 12.0 vs. 15.0 ± 9.8ng/mL, p=0.008).
Plasma OPN levels were increased in patients with COPD exacerbation and frequent exacerbators, which suggests a possible role for OPN as a biomarker of COPD exacerbation.
The Clinical Respiratory Journal 11/2013; · 1.66 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Body weight fluctuates daily throughout a patient's stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) due to a variety of factors, including fluid balance, nutritional status, type of acute illness, and presence of comorbidities. This study investigated the association between change in body weight and clinical outcomes in critically ill patients during short-term hospitalization in the ICU.
All patients admitted to the Gyeongsang National University hospital between January 2010 and December 2011 who met the inclusion criteria of age 18 or above and ICU hospitalization for at least 2 days were prospectively enrolled in this study. Body weight was measured at admission and daily thereafter using a bed scale. Univariate and multivariate linear and logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate factors associated with mortality and the association between changes in body weight and clinical outcomes, including duration of mechanical ventilation (MV) use, length of ICU stay, and ICU mortality.
Of the 140 patients examined, 33 died during ICU hospitalization, yielding an ICU mortality rate of 23.6%. Non-survivors experienced higher rates of severe sepsis and septic shock and greater weight gain than survivors on days 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of ICU hospitalization (P < .05). Increase of body weight on days 2 through 7 on ICU admission was correlated with the longer stay of ICU, and increase on days 3 through 7 on ICU admission was correlated with the prolonged use of mechanical ventilation. Increase of body weight on days 3 through 5 on ICU admission was associated with ICU mortality.
Increase in body weight of critically ill patients may be correlated with duration of mechanical ventilation use and longer stay of ICU hospitalization and be associated with ICU mortality.
Journal of critical care 09/2013; · 2.13 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A beneficial radioprotective agent has been used to treat the radiation-induced lung injury. This study was performed to investigate whether curcumin, which is known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, could ameliorate radiation-induced pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis in irradiated lungs. Rats were given daily doses of intragastric curcumin (200 mg/kg) prior to a single irradiation and for 8 weeks after radiation. Histopathologic findings demonstrated that macrophage accumulation, interstitial edema, alveolar septal thickness, perivascular fibrosis, and collapse in radiation-treated lungs were inhibited by curcumin administration. Radiation-induced transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) expression, and collagen accumulation were also inhibited by curcumin. Moreover, western blot analysis revealed that curcumin lowered radiation-induced increases of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), TNF receptor 1 (TNFR1), and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). Curcumin also inhibited the nuclear translocation of nuclear factor-κ B (NF-κB) p65 in radiation-treated lungs. These results indicate that long-term curcumin administration may reduce lung inflammation and fibrosis caused by radiation treatment.
Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 08/2013; 17(4):267-74. · 1.26 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To evaluate the clinical and radiological characteristics of tuberculous pneumonia (TBPn). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared the clinical presentation, pneumonia severity index (PSI), and radiological findings of 51 TBPn patients with those of typical pulmonary tuberculosis (PulTB) and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients. RESULTS: The mean age of patients with TBPn was higher than that of patients with CAP or PulTB (66.6 +/- 15.8 vs. 53.1 +/- 17.1, 54.9 +/- 15.7) (p < 0.05). Diabetes mellitus was more common in patients with TB than in those with CAP (24.1% vs. 8.2%) (p < 0.05). The PSI scores for TBPn and CAP were similar (79.5 +/- 31.1 vs. 71.8 +/- 28.3, respectively) and were higher than that for PulTB (64 +/- 26.8) (p < 0.05). The ratio of lower lobe involvement was higher in TBPn and CAP than in PulTB (49% and 75.5% vs. 22.4%, respectively). Cavity formation and centrilobular nodules were more common in TBPn than in CAP (13.7% vs. 6.1% and 74.5% vs. 22.4%, respectively) (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Although TBPn shows a similar clinical presentation to CAP, it is more common in elderly patients and more commonly involves lower lobe involvement with cavity formation and centrilobular nodules. Therefore, in cases in which there may be diagnostic uncertainty, appropriate diagnostic procedures following these findings are required to differentiate these diseases.
J Korean Soc Radiol AID - 10.3348/jksr.2013.68.1.21 [doi]. 01/2013; 68(1):21-26.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now regarded as a heterogenous disease, with variable phenotypes. Acute exacerbation of COPD is a major event that alters the natural course of disease. The frequency of COPD exacerbation is variable among patients. We analyzed clinical features, according to the frequency of acute exacerbation in COPD.
Sixty patients, who visited Gyeongsang National University Hospital from March 2010 to October 2010, were enrolled. Patients were divided into two groups, according to their frequency of acute exacerbation. Frequent exacerbator is defined as the patient who has two or more exacerbation per one year. We reviewed patients' medical records and investigated modified Medical Research Council (MMRC) dyspnea scale, smoking history and frequency of acute exacerbation. We also conducted pulmonary function test and 6-minute walking test, calculated body mass index, degree of airway obstruction and dyspnea and exercise capacity (BODE) index and measured CD146 cells in the peripheral blood.
The number of frequent exacerbators and infrequent exacerbators was 20 and 40, respectively. The frequent exacerbator group had more severe airway obstruction (forced expiratory volume in one second [FEV(1)], 45% vs. 65.3%, p=0.001; FEV(1)/forced vital capacity, 44.3% vs. 50.5%, p=0.046). MMRC dyspnea scale and BODE index were significantly higher in the frequent exacerbator group (1.8 vs. 1.1, p=0.016; 3.9 vs. 2.1, p=0.014, respectively). The fraction of CD146 cells significantly increased in the frequent exacerbator group (2.0 vs. 1.0, p<0.001).
Frequent exacerbator had more severe airway obstruction and higher symptom score and BODE index. However, circulating endothelial cells measured by CD146 needed to be confirmed in the future.
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 04/2012; 72(4):367-73.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Treatment for a 51-year-old man with pulmonary tuberculosis was initiated with isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol, and pyrazinamide, and discontinued after 3 weeks because of skin rash and itchiness. Isoniazid monotherapy was restarted after 2 weeks. Two days later, the platelet count decreased from 150 to 4×10(3)/mm(3). Despite platelet transfusion and oral corticosteroid treatment, the platelet count did not recover. However, after a 2-day administration of intravenous immunoglobulin, the platelet count recovered to 209×10(3)/mm(3). This report describes a case of isoniazid-induced thrombocytopenia that was reversed with intravenous immunoglobulin, thus highlighting the efficacy of this treatment for this rare condition.
Internal Medicine 01/2012; 51(7):745-8. · 0.97 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: This study is to evaluate the effect of systemic corticosteroid on the clinical outcomes and the occurrence of complications in mechanical ventilated patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). METHODS: We retrospectively assessed the clinical outcomes and complications in patients with severe CAP admitted to ICU between March 1, 2003 and July 28, 2009. Outcomes were measured by hospital mortality after ICU admission, duration of mechanical ventilation (MV), ICU, and hospital stay. Complications such as ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter related-blood stream infection (CR-BSI), and upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding during ICU stay were assessed. RESULTS: Of the 93 patients, 36 patients received corticosteroids over 7 days while 57 patients did not receive corticosteroids. Age, underlying disease, APACHE II, PSI score, and use of vasopressor were not different between two groups. In-hospital mortality was 30.5% in the steroid group and 36.8% in the non-steroid group (p>0.05). The major complications such as VAP, CR-BSI and UGI bleeding was significantly higher in the steroid group than in the non-steroid group (19.4% vs. 7%, p<0.05). The use of steroids and the duration of ICU stay were significantly associated with the development of major complications during ones ICU stay (p<0.05). CONCLUSION: Systemic corticosteroid in patients with severe CAP requiring mechanical ventilation may have no beneficial effect on clinical outcomes like duration of ICU stay and in-hospital mortality but may contribute to the development of ICU acquired complications.
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 01/2012; 72(2):149-155.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to evaluate the usefulness of the BACTEC MGIT (Mycobacterium Growth Indicator Tube) 960 system for mycobacteria culture and immunochromatographic assay to identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) in positive MGIT culture. METHODS: Mycobacteria-culture-positive cases were retrospectively analyzed from December 2010 to July 2011. The detection rates and the recovery times of the mycobacteria between the Ogawa media and the MGIT were compared. An immunochromatographic assay (ICA) (SD BIO-LINE) was also performed in the positive MGIT culture for identification, and the results were compared with those of the Ogawa media in the Korea National Tuberculosis Association. RESULTS: Among the 261 patients (M:F, 168:93; mean age, 61.6+/-17.16 yrs), 450 specimens (sputa, 365; bronchial washing, 61; and pleural effusion, 24) were found positive with mycobacteria. Mycobacteria were grown both on the MGIT and Ogawa media in 310 cases (68.9%); only on the MGIT in 115 cases (22.6%); and only on the Ogawa media in 25 cases (5.5%) (p<0.05).The recovery time was 28.2+/-8.9 days in the Ogawa media and 11.1+/-5.8 days in the MGIT (p<0.05). Among the 127 cases from the positive MGIT culture, all 92 cases that were confirmed as MTB cases bythe Korea National Tuberculosis Association were identified as MTB by ICA, with 100% sensitivity. CONCLUSION: MGIT increases the detection rate and shortens the recovery time of mycobacteria in clinical respiratory specimens, and the TB Ag MPT64 kit using ICA is useful in identifying MTB in a positive MGIT culture.
Yeungnam Univ J Med AID - 10.12701/yujm.2012.29.2.83 [doi]. 01/2012; 29(2):83-88.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The proliferation, migration, cytokine release, and contraction of airway smooth muscle cells are key events in the airway remodeling process that occur in lung disease such as asthma, chronic obstruction pulmonary disease, and cancer. These events can be modulated by a number of factors, including cigarette smoke extract (CSE). CSE-induced alterations in the viability, migration, and contractile abilities of normal human airway cells remain unclear. This study investigated the effect of CSE on cell viability, migration, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α secretion, and contraction in normal human bronchial smooth muscle cells (HBSMCs). Treatment of HBSMCs with 10% CSE induced cell death, and the death was accompanied by the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). CSE-induced cell death was reduced by N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), an ROS scavenger. In addition, CSE reduced the migration ability of HBSMCs by 75%. The combination of NAC with CSE blocked the CSE-induced reduction of cell migration. However, CSE had no effect on TNF-α secretion and NF-κB activation. CSE induced an increase in intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in 64% of HBSMCs. CSE reduced the contractile ability of HBSMCs, and the ability was enhanced by NAC treatment. These results demonstrate that CSE treatment induces cell death and reduces migration and contraction by increasing ROS generation in normal HBSMCs. These results suggest that CSE may induce airway change through cell death and reduction in migration and contraction of normal HBSMCs.
Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 12/2011; 15(6):397-403. · 1.26 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Increasing antioxidant capacity has been proposed as a promising strategy to prevent cigarette smoke-induced lung diseases. This study tested whether garlic extracts prevented cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-induced cell death in human bronchial smooth muscle cells (HBSMCs). Garlic extracts were prepared from fresh raw garlic (FRG), aged black garlic (ABG) and aged red garlic (ARG). Treatment of HBSMCs with 10% CSE induced cell death accompanied by activation of caspase. Of the garlic extracts, treatment with ARG extract reduced CSE-induced cell death. The combination of ARG extract with CSE attenuated the CSE-induced reduction in glutathione (GSH) content, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and induction of heme oxygenase-1 expression compared with CSE treatment without ARG extract. Furthermore, the combination of L-BSO, a GSH synthesis inhibitor, with ARG and CSE extracts failed to increase the intracellular GSH content and cell viability. Taken together, these results demonstrate that ARG extract reduces CSE-induced cell death by increasing GSH content and reducing ROS generation in HBSMCs.
Phytotherapy Research 04/2011; 26(1):18-25. · 2.40 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recently, angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) was identified as a ligand of the endothelial receptor tyrosine kinase, Tie-2. Ang-2 is an angiopoietin-1 antagonist that plays a role in vascular destabilization and remodelling, which may increase in some diseases. However, serum Ang-2 levels have not been evaluated in patients with COPD. In this study, we examined serum Ang-2 concentrations in patients experiencing COPD exacerbations and in patients with stable COPD.
Serum samples were obtained from 49 patients experiencing COPD exacerbations, 22 patients with stable COPD and 18 healthy control subjects. Serum Ang-2 concentrations were measured by ELISA.
Serum Ang-2 concentrations were significantly higher in patients with acute exacerbations of COPD than in those with stable COPD or control subjects, and were significantly positively correlated with serum CRP levels but inversely correlated with PaO(2) in patients with exacerbations. In addition, Ang-2 levels decreased significantly after clinical recovery from the acute exacerbation.
Serum Ang-2 levels are significantly elevated during acute exacerbations of COPD, as compared with stable COPD.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) assessment test (CAT) has recently been developed as a short and simple method for assessing the quality of life in COPD patients. The object of this study was to assess the usefulness of the Korean version of the CAT for assessing COPD patients in an outpatient clinic. METHODS: The study included 60 COPD patients in a stable state from an outpatient clinic. The authors investigated the frequency of acute exacerbation during aprevious year through reviewing medical records. We evaluated the spirometry test, a 6-min walk distance test, and obtained the MMRC dyspnea scale, the Korean version of the CAT, and the BODE index at the time of visit. To assess the usefulness of the CAT, correlations between the CAT and other methods were evaluated. RESULTS: The mean age of patients was 68.3+/-8.6 years and 95% of patients were male. There was a significant correlation between the CAT score and FEV1% (r=-0.323, p=0.012), the frequency of acute exacerbation (r=0.292, p=0.024), the MMRC dyspnea scale (r=0.554, p<0.001), the BODE index (r=0.380, p=0.003), and 6 MWD (r=-0.372, p=0.004). The mean CAT score increased according to the GOLD stage (stage 1, 10.7+/-4.5; stage 2, 13.1+/-7.9; stage 3, 16.3+/-6.2; stage 4, 16.5+/-14.8; p=0.746). CONCLUSION: The CAT was shown to be useful for the assessment of COPD severity. Therefore, the CAT is an easily applied and simple method for assessing COPD severity in an outpatient clinic.
Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases 01/2011; 71(4):271-277.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic airway inflammation is a characteristic feature of destructive cigarette smoking (CS)-induced lung disease, particularly in patients with emphysema. Celecoxib, a specific cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, is widely used to treat inflammation. However, the exact mechanisms underlying this drug's anti-inflammatory effects have not yet been determined in pulmonary emphysema. Here, we explore whether celecoxib attenuates CS-induced inflammation in rat lungs. Rats were exposed to smoke and received celecoxib via intragastric feeding daily for 20 wk. We found that celecoxib inhibited interalveolar wall distance and pulmonary inflammation in the lungs of CS-treated rats. Celecoxib inhibited serum NO production, iNOS, COX-2 expression, and PGE(2) production in CS-treated lung tissues. Our immunohistochemical data showed that CS-induced CD68 and COX-2 expression were inhibited by celecoxib. Furthermore, celecoxib attenuated the activation of phospho-IkappaBalpha and NF-kappaB in CS-treated rat lung. In addition, there was an inhibitory effect of celecoxib on the COX-2 expression and NF-kappaB activation in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Celecoxib also attenuated NF-kappaB activation in COX-2 siRNA-transfected RAW 264.7 macrophages. Thus, our findings suggest that the anti-inflammatory effects of celecoxib are mediated by its effects on NF-kappaB-regulated gene expression, which ultimately reduces the progression of CS-induced pulmonary emphysema.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Angiogenic factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) are implicated in pulmonary hypertension (PH). However, the pathway of angiogenic factor-mediated pathologic angiogenesis in PH remains unclear. In this study, we evaluated the temporal expression of angiopoietin (Ang) 1, Ang2, and their receptor (Tie2) as well as VEGF, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), inducible NOS (iNOS), and heme oxygenase 1 (HO1) in the monocrotaline-induced PH model. Histologic evaluation showed pathologic vascular remodeling in the arteries of lung sections 1 wk after monocrotaline treatment. Protein levels of Ang1, Ang2, eNOS, iNOS, HO1, and VEGF were increased 1 wk after monocrotaline treatment but Tie2 protein levels were decreased 2 wk afterward. These results suggest that Ang2 mediates vascular remodeling in PH by decreasing Tie2 expression. Therefore, the Ang-Tie2 system may play a role in the pathophysiology of PH.
Comparative medicine 09/2009; 59(4):350-6. · 0.76 Impact Factor