Kevin J Yu

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Publications (8)33.25 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Quantum dot (QD) imaging is a powerful tool for studying signaling pathways as they occur. Here we employ this tool to study adhesion molecule expression with lung inflammation in vivo. A key event in pulmonary inflammation is the regulation of vascular endothelial cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM), which drives activated immune cell adherence. The induction of VCAM expression is known to be associated with ROS production, but the exact mechanism or the cellular source of ROS that regulates VCAM in inflamed lungs is not known. NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) has been reported to be a major source of ROS with pulmonary inflammation. NOX2 is expressed by both endothelial and immune cells. Here we use VCAM targeted QDs in a mouse model to show that NOX2, specifically endothelial NOX2, induces VCAM expression with lung inflammation in vivo.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 12/2013; 306(3). DOI:10.1152/ajplung.00278.2013 · 4.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We showed that stop of flow triggers a mechanosignaling cascade that leads to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS); however a mechanosensor coupled to the cytoskeleton that could potentially transduce flow stimulus has not been identified. We showed a role for KATP channel, caveolae (caveolin-1) and NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) in ROS production with stop of flow. Based on reports of a mechanosensory complex that includes platelet endothelial cell adhesion molecule (PECAM-1) and initiates signaling with mechanical force, we hypothesized that PECAM-1 could serve as a mechanosensor in sensing disruption of flow. Using lungs in situ, we observed that ROS production with stop of flow was significantly reduced in PECAM-1(-/-) lungs as compared to lungs from wild type (WT) mice. Lack of PECAM-1 did not affect NOX2 activation machinery or the caveolin-1 expression or caveolae number in the pulmonary endothelium. Stop of flow in vitro triggered an increase in angiogenic potential of WT type pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVEC) but not of PECAM-1(-/-) PMVEC. Obstruction of flow in lungs in vivo showed that the neutrophil infiltration as observed in wild type mice was significantly lowered in PECAM-1(-/-) mice. With stop of flow, WT lungs showed higher expression of the angiogenic marker, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) as compared to untreated (sham) and PECAM-1(-/-) lungs. Thus PECAM-1 (and caveolae) is part of the mechanosensing machinery that generates superoxide with loss of shear; the resultant ROS potentially drives neutrophil influx and acts as an angiogenic signal.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 09/2013; 305(11). DOI:10.1152/ajplung.00123.2013 · 4.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Niemann-Pick C (NPC) disease is due to loss of NPC1 or NPC2 protein function that is required for unesterified cholesterol transport from the endosomal/lysosomal compartment. Though lung involvement is a recognized characteristic of Niemann-Pick type C disease, the pathological features are not well understood. We investigated components of the surfactant system in both NPC1 mutant mice and felines and in NPC2 mutant mice near the end of their expected life span. Histological analysis of the NPC mutant mice demonstrated thickened septae and foamy macrophages/leukocytes. At the level of electron microscopy, NPC1-mutant type II cells had uncharacteristically larger lamellar bodies (LB, mean area 2-fold larger), while NPC2-mutant cells had predominantly smaller lamellar bodies (mean area 50% of normal) than wild type. Bronchoalveolar lavage from NPC1 and NPC2 mutant mice had an approx. 4-fold and 2.5-fold enrichment in phospholipid, respectively, and an approx. 9-fold and 35-fold enrichment in cholesterol, consistent with alveolar lipidosis. Phospholipid and cholesterol also were elevated in type II cell LBs and lung tissue while phospholipid degradation was reduced. Enrichment of surfactant protein-A in the lung and surfactant of the mutant mice was found. Immunocytochemical results showed that cholesterol accumulated in the LBs of the type II cells isolated from the affected mice. Alveolar macrophages from the NPC1 and NPC2 mutant mice were enlarged compared to those from wild type mice and were enriched in phospholipid and cholesterol. Pulmonary features of NPC1 mutant felines reflected the disease described in NPC1 mutant mice. Thus, with the exception of lamellar body size, the lung phenotype seen in the NPC1 and NPC2 mutant mice were similar. The lack of NPC1 and NPC2 proteins resulted in a disruption of the type II cell surfactant system contributing to pulmonary abnormalities.
    PLoS ONE 07/2013; 8(7):e67084. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0067084 · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Macrophages store excess unesterified cholesterol (free, FC) in the form of cholesteryl ester (CE) in cytoplasmic lipid droplets. The hydrolysis of droplet-CE in peripheral foam cells is critical to HDL-promoted reverse cholesterol transport because it represents the first step in cellular cholesterol clearance, as only FC is effluxed from cells to HDL. Cytoplasmic lipid droplets move within the cell utilizing the cytoskeletal network, but, little is known about the influence of the cytoskeleton on lipid droplet formation. To understand this role we employed cytochalasin D (cyt.D) to promote actin depolymerization in J774 macrophages. Incubating J774 with acetylated LDL creates foam cells having a 4-fold increase in cellular cholesterol content (30-40% cholesterol present as cholesteryl ester (CE)) in cytoplasmic droplets. Lipid droplets formed in the presence of cyt.D are smaller in diameter. CE-deposition and -hydrolysis are decreased when cells are cholesterol-enriched in the presence of cyt.D or latrunculin A, another cytoskeleton disrupting agent. However, when lipid droplets formed in the presence of cyt.D are isolated and incubated with an exogenous CE hydrolase, the CE is more rapidly metabolized compared to droplets from control cells. This is apparently due to the smaller size and altered lipid composition of the droplets formed in the presence of cyt.D. Cytoskeletal proteins found on CE droplets influence droplet lipid composition and maturation in model foam cells. In J774 macrophages, cytoskeletal proteins are apparently involved in facilitating the interaction of lipid droplets and a cytosolic neutral CE hydrolase and may play a role in foam cell formation. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Advances in High Density Lipoprotein Formation and Metabolism: A Tribute to John F. Oram (1945-2010).
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 03/2012; 1821(3):464-72. DOI:10.1016/j.bbalip.2011.09.015 · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Niemann-Pick C (NPC) pathway plays an essential role in the intracellular trafficking of cholesterol by facilitating the release of lipoprotein-derived sterol from the lumen of lysosomes. Regulation of cellular cholesterol homeostasis is of particular importance to lung alveolar type II cells because of the need for production of surfactant with an appropriate lipid composition. We performed microscopic and biochemical analysis of NPC proteins in isolated rat type II pneumocytes. NPC1 and NPC2 proteins were present in the lung, isolated type II cells in culture, and alveolar macrophages. The glycosylated and nonglycosylated forms of NPC1 were prominent in the lung and the lamellar body organelles. Immunocytochemical analysis of isolated type II pneumocytes showed localization of NPC1 to the limiting membrane of lamellar bodies. NPC2 and lysosomal acid lipase were found within these organelles, as confirmed by z-stack analysis of confocal images. All three proteins also were identified in small, lysosome-like vesicles. In the presence of serum, pharmacological inhibition of the NPC pathway with compound U18666A resulted in doubling of the cholesterol content of the type II cells. Filipin staining revealed a striking accumulation of cholesterol within lamellar bodies. Thus the NPC pathway functions to control cholesterol accumulation in lamellar bodies of type II pneumocytes and, thereby, may play a role in the regulation of surfactant cholesterol content.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 02/2012; 302(9):L919-32. DOI:10.1152/ajplung.00383.2011 · 4.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Elevated generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by endothelial enzymes, including NADPH-oxidase, is implicated in vascular oxidative stress and endothelial proinflammatory activation involving exposure of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1). Catalase and superoxide dismutase (SOD) conjugated with antibodies to platelet/endothelial cell adhesion molecule 1 (PECAM-1) bind specifically to endothelium and inhibit effects of corresponding ROS, H(2)O(2), and superoxide anion. In this study, anti-PECAM/SOD, but not anti-PECAM/catalase or nontargeted enzymes, including polyethylene glycol (PEG)-SOD, inhibited 2- to 3-fold VCAM expression caused by tumor necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1β, and lipopolysaccharide. Anti- PECAM/SOD, but not nontargeted counterparts, accumulated in vascular endothelium after intravenous injection, localized in endothelial endosomes, and inhibited by 70% lipopolysaccharide-caused VCAM-1 expression in mice. Anti-PECAM/SOD colocalized with EEA-1-positive endothelial vesicles and quenched ROS produced in response to TNF. Inhibitors of NADPH oxidase and anion channel ClC3 blocked TNF-induced VCAM expression, affirming that superoxide produced and transported by these proteins, respectively, mediates inflammatory signaling. Anti-PECAM/SOD abolished VCAM expression caused by poly(I:C)-induced activation of toll-like receptor 3 localized in intracellular vesicles. These results directly implicate endosomal influx of superoxide in endothelial inflammatory response and suggest that site-specific interception of this signal attained by targeted delivery of anti-PECAM/SOD into endothelial endosomes may have anti-inflammatory effects.
    The FASEB Journal 09/2010; 25(1):348-57. DOI:10.1096/fj.10-169789 · 5.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We have recently described a putative receptor for lung surfactant protein-A (SP-A) on rat type II pneumocytes. The receptor, P63, is a 63-kDa type II transmembrane protein. Coincubation of type II cells with P63 antibody (Ab) reversed the inhibitory effect of SP-A on secretagogue-stimulated surfactant secretion from type II cells. To further characterize SP-A interactions with P63, we expressed recombinant P63 protein in Escherichia coli and generated antibodies to P63. Immunogold electron microscopy confirmed endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membrane localization of P63 in type II cells with prominent labeling of microvilli. Binding characteristics of iodinated SP-A to type II cells in the presence of P63 Ab were determined. Binding (4 degrees C, 1 h) of (125)I-SP-A to type II cells demonstrated both specific (calcium-dependent) and nonspecific (calcium-independent) components. Ab to P63 protein blocked the specific binding of (125)I-SP-A to type II cells and did not change the nonspecific SP-A association. A549 cells, a pneumocyte model cell line, expressed substantial levels of P63 and demonstrated specific binding of (125)I-SP-A that was inhibited by the P63 Ab. The secretagogue (cAMP)-stimulated increase in calcium-dependent binding of SP-A to type II cells was blocked by the presence of P63 Ab. Transfection of type II cells with small interfering RNA to P63 reduced P63 protein expression, attenuated P63-specific SP-A binding, and reversed the ability of SP-A to prevent surfactant secretion from the cells. Our results further substantiate the role of P63 as an SP-A receptor protein localized on the surface of lung type II cells.
    AJP Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology 09/2008; 295(4):L658-69. DOI:10.1152/ajplung.90233.2008 · 4.08 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The mechanisms used by alveolar type I pneumocytes for maintenance of the lipid homeostasis necessary to sustain these large squamous cells are unknown. The processes may involve the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1), a transport protein shown to be crucial in apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I)-mediated mobilization of cellular cholesterol and phospholipid. Immunohistochemical data demonstrated the presence of ABCA1 in lung type I and type II cells and in cultured pneumocytes. Type II cells isolated from rat lungs and cultured for 5 days in 10% serum trans-differentiated toward cells with a type I-like phenotype which reacted with the type I cell-specific monoclonal antibody VIIIB2. Upon incubation of the type I-like pneumocytes with agents that up-regulate the ABCA1 gene (9-cis-retinoic acid [9cRA] and 22-hydroxycholesterol [22-OH, 9cRA/22-OH]), ABCA1 protein levels were enhanced to maximum levels after 8 to 16 hours and remained elevated for 24 hours. In the presence of apoA-I and 9cRA/22-OH, efflux of radioactive phospholipid and cholesterol from pneumocytes was stimulated 3- to 20-fold, respectively, over controls. Lipid efflux was inhibited by Probucol. Sucrose density gradient analysis of the media from stimulated cells incubated with apoA-I identified heterogeneous lipid particles that isolated at a density between 1.063 and 1.210 g/ml, with low or high apoA-I content. Thus, pneumocytes with markers for the type I phenotype contained functional ABCA1 protein, released lipid to apoA-I protein, and were capable of producing particles resembling nascent high-density lipoprotein, indicating an important role for ABCA1 in the maintenance of lung lipid homeostasis.
    American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 04/2008; 38(3):283-92. DOI:10.1165/rcmb.2007-0020OC · 3.99 Impact Factor

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79 Citations
33.25 Total Impact Points


  • 2013
    • University of Pennsylvania
      • Institute for Environmental Medicine
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • 2008–2013
    • William Penn University
      Filadelfia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States