[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The abscopal effect has previously been described in various tumors and is associated with radiation therapy and hyperthermia, with possible underlying mechanisms explaining each observed case. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the antitumor effects of magnet-mediated hyperthermia on Walker-256 carcinosarcomas in rats at two different temperature ranges (42-46°C and 50-55°C). We also aimed to identify whether a higher therapeutic temperature of magnetic-mediated hyperthermia improves the abscopal antitumor effects, where localised irradiation of the tumor causes not only the irradiated tumor to shrink, but also tumors located far from the area of irradiation. Following induction of carcinosarcoma in both sides of the body, magnet-mediated hyperthermia was applied to one side only, leaving the other side as a control. The changes in tumor growth were observed. Our results demonstrated that magnet-mediated hyperthermia at a higher temperature inhibited the growth of carcinosarcoma at the site of treatment. Furthermore, the growth of the carcinosarcoma on the untreated side was also inhibited. The expression levels of proliferating cell nuclear antigen were decreased in the hyperthermia group, which was more significant in the higher temperature test group. Flow cytometric analysis showed an increased number of CD4- and CD8-positive T cells, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed increased levels of interferon-γ and interleukin-2 in the higher temperature group. These results suggested that magnet-mediated hyperthermia at a higher temperature (50-55°C) can improve the abscopal antitumor effects and stimulate a greater endogenous immune response in carcinosarcoma-bearing rats.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: IMPORTANCE Up to 25% of patients with normal lungs develop acute lung injury (ALI) secondary to mechanical ventilation, with 60% to 80% progressing to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Once established, ARDS is treated with mechanical ventilation that can paradoxically elevate mortality. A ventilation strategy that reduces the incidence of ARDS could change the clinical paradigm from treatment to prevention. OBJECTIVES To demonstrate that (1) mechanical ventilation with tidal volume (Vt) and positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) settings used routinely on surgery patients causes ALI/ARDS in normal rats and (2) preemptive application of airway pressure release ventilation (APRV) blocks drivers of lung injury (ie, surfactant deactivation and alveolar edema) and prevents ARDS. DESIGN, SETTING, AND SUBJECTS Rats were anesthetized and tracheostomy was performed at State University of New York Upstate Medical University. Arterial and venous lines, a peritoneal catheter, and a rectal temperature probe were inserted. Animals were randomized into 3 groups and followed up for 6 hours: spontaneous breathing ventilation (SBV, n = 5), continuous mandatory ventilation (CMV, n = 6), and APRV (n = 5). Rats in the CMV group were ventilated with Vt of 10 cc/kg and PEEP of 0.5 cm H2O. Airway pressure release ventilation was set with a PHigh of 15 to 20 cm H2O; PLow was set at 0 cm H2O. Time at PHigh (THigh) was 1.3 to 1.5 seconds and a TLow was set to terminate at 75% of the peak expiratory flow rate (0.11-0.14 seconds), creating a minimum 90% cycle time spent at PHigh. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and lungs were harvested for histopathologic analysis at necropsy. RESULTS Acute lung injury/ARDS developed in the CMV group (mean [SE] Pao2/FiO2 ratio, 242.96 [24.82]) and was prevented with preemptive APRV (mean [SE] Pao2/FIO2 ratio, 478.00 [41.38]; P < .05). Airway pressure release ventilation also significantly reduced histopathologic changes and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid total protein (endothelial permeability) and preserved surfactant proteins A and B concentrations as compared with the CMV group. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE Continuous mandatory ventilation in normal rats for 6 hours with Vt and PEEP settings similar to those of surgery patients caused ALI. Preemptive application of APRV blocked early drivers of lung injury, preventing ARDS. Our data suggest that APRV applied early could reduce the incidence of ARDS in patients at risk.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Once established, the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is highly resistant to treatment and retains a high mortality. We hypothesized that preemptive application of airway pressure release ventilation (APRV) in a rat model of trauma/hemorrhagic shock (T/HS) would prevent ARDS.
Rats were anesthetized, instrumented for hemodynamic monitoring, and subjected to T/HS, and randomized into two groups: 1) Volume Cycled Ventilation (VC) (n = 5, tidal volume 10ml/kg; PEEP 0.5 cmH2O) or 2) Airway Pressure Release Ventilation (APRV) (n = 4, PHigh 15-20 cmH2O; THigh 1.3-1.5 seconds to achieve 90% of the total cycle time; TLow 0.11-0.14 seconds which was set to 75% of the Peak Expiratory Flow rate; Plow 0 cmH2O). Study duration was six hours.
ARPV prevented lung injury as measured by PaO2/FiO2 (VC 143.3 ± 42.4 vs. APRV 426.8 ± 26.9*, p<0.05), which correlated with a significant decrease in histopathology as compared with the VC group. In addition, APRV resulted in a significant decrease in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) total protein, increased surfactant protein-B concentration, and an increase in E-cadherin tissue expression. In vivo microscopy demonstrated that APRV significantly improved alveolar patency and stability as compared to the VC group.
Our findings demonstrate that preemptive mechanical ventilation with APRV attenuates the clinical and histologic lung injury associated with T/HS. The mechanism of injury prevention is related to preservation of alveolar epithelial and endothelial integrity. These data support our hypothesis that preemptive APRV, applied using published guidelines, can prevent the development of ARDS.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The first half of the surfactant protein B (SP-B) gene intron 4 is a CA-repeat-rich region that contains 11 motifs. To study the role of this region on SP-B mRNA splicing, minigenes were generated by systematic removal of motifs from either the 5' or 3' end. These were transfected in CHO cells to study their splicing efficiency. The latter was determined as the ratio of completely to incompletely spliced SP-B RNA. Our results indicate that SP-B intron 4 motifs differentially affect splicing. Motifs 8 and 9 significantly enhanced and reduced splicing of intron 4, respectively. RNA mobility shift assays performed with a Motif 8 sequence that contains a CAUC cis-element and cell extracts resulted in a RNA:protein shift that was lost upon mutation of the element. Furthermore, in silico analysis of mRNA secondary structure stability for minigenes with and without motif 8 indicated a correlation between mRNA stability and splicing ratio. We conclude that differential loss of specific intron 4 motifs results in one or more of the following: a) altered splicing, b) differences in RNA stability and c) changes in secondary structure. These, in turn, may affect SP-B content in lung health or disease.
Journal of molecular biochemistry. 02/2013; 2(1):40-55.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Surfactant protein A (SP-A), encoded by two functional genes, SP-A1 and SP-A2, is essential for the inflammatory process and host defence in the lungs. Recent studies have demonstrated the extrapulmonary expression of SP-A. Similar to the lungs, the kidneys are organs exposed to external pathogens. The present study evaluated the expression and location of SP-A in the kidneys. The effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the expression of SP-A subtypes was also studied in renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells. METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining was performed using polyclonal antibody against SP-A. RT-PCR was also performed using mRNA from normal human renal tissues and HK-2 cells. The expressions of the SP-A1 and SP-A2 genes were determined by PCR-based RFLP analysis, gene-specific amplification, and direct sequencing of RT-PCR products. Western blot was conducted to analyse the SP-A protein. HK-2 cells were treated with LPS at various concentrations (0, 0.1, 1, 2, 5, and 10 mug/mL) for 8 h and at 5 mug/mL at various time points (0, 2, 4, 8, 16, and 24 h). The LPS-induced expressions of SP-A1 and SP-A2 mRNA and protein were analysed by RT-PCR and Western blot. RESULTS: SP-A was localised in the renal tubular epithelial cells in the proximal and distal convoluted tubules. SP-A1 and SP-A2 mRNA and protein were expressed in HK-2 cells and human renal tissues, which were significantly increased in time- and dose-dependent manners after LPS treatment (P < 0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Human renal tubular epithelial cells can express both SP-A1 and SP-A2 genes, which may play important roles in the inflammatory modulation of the kidney.
Journal of Inflammation 01/2013; 10(1):2. · 2.55 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) afflicts 200,000 patients annually with a mortality rate of 30% to 60% despite wide use of low tidal volume (LTV) ventilation, the present standard of care. High-permeability alveolar edema and instability occur early in the development of ARDS, before clinical signs of lung injury, and represent potential targets for therapy. We hypothesize that early application of a protective ventilation strategy (airway pressure release ventilation [APRV]) will stabilize alveoli and reduce alveolar edema, preventing the development of ARDS. Yorkshire pigs (30-40 kg) were anesthetized and subjected to two-hit injury: (a) intestinal ischemia-reperfusion, (b) peritoneal sepsis, or sham surgery. Following surgery, pigs were randomized into APRV (n = 4), according to current published guidelines for APRV; LTV ventilation (n = 3), using the current published ARDS Network guidelines (6 mL/kg); or sham (n = 5). The clinical care of all pigs was administered per the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelines. Animals were killed, and necropsy performed at 48 h. Arterial blood gases were measured to assess for the development of clinical lung injury. Lung tissue epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin) was measured to assess alveolar permeability. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) surfactant protein A was measured to assess alveolar stability. Lung edema content and histopathology were analyzed at 48 h. Airway pressure release ventilation pigs did not develop ARDS. In contrast, pigs in the LTV ventilation met ARDS criteria (PaO2/FIO2 ratio) (APRV: baseline = 471 ± 16; 48 h = 392 ± 8; vs. LTV ventilation: baseline = 551 ± 28; 48 h = 138 ± 88; P < 0.001). Airway pressure release ventilation preserved alveolar epithelial integrity demonstrated by higher levels of E-cadherin in lung tissue as compared with LTV ventilation (P < 0.05). Surfactant protein A levels were higher in BALF from the APRV group, suggesting APRV preserved alveolar stability. Quantitative histologic scoring showed improvements in all stigmata of ARDS in the APRV group versus the LTV ventilation (P < 0.05). Airway pressure release ventilation had significantly lower lung edema (wet-dry weight) than LTV ventilation (P < 0.05). Protective ventilation with APRV immediately following injury prevents development of ARDS. Reduction in lung edema, preservation of lung E-cadherin, and surfactant protein A abundance in BALF suggest that APRV attenuates lung permeability, edema, and surfactant degradation. Protective ventilation could change the clinical paradigm from supportive care for ARDS with LTV ventilation to preventing development of ARDS with APRV.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Autophagy is a protective cellular mechanism in response to various stresses, including sepsis. Sepsis is defined as systemic inflammation by infection. Surfactant protein A and D (SP-A and SP-D) are involved in host defense, regulation of inflammation, and homeostasis, but their roles in the autophagic activity and relevant gene expression in sepsis are unclear. In this study, mice lacking SP-A and SP-D (SP-A/D KO mice) and background-matched wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 mice underwent either cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or sham surgery. The results showed that SP-A/D KO mice had lower mortality than WT mice in CLP sepsis. Liver tissues showed marked pathological changes in both septic SP-A/D KO and WT mice 24 hrs after CLP treatment; and quantitative analysis of liver histopathology revealed significant difference between septic SP-A/D and septic WT mice. SP-A/D KO mice had higher basal and sepsis-induced level of autophagy than WT mice (p < 0.05), as judged by Western blot and electron microscopic analyses. The expression of 84 autophagy-related genes revealed differential basal and sepsis-induced gene expression between SP-A/D KO and WT mice. The expression increased in three genes and decreased in four genes in septic WT mice, as compared to septic SP-A/D KO mice (p < 0.05). Furthermore, differential responses to sepsis between SP-A/D KO and WT mice were found in six signaling pathways related to autophagy and apoptosis. Therefore, enhanced autophagic activity improves the survival of septic SP-A/D KO mice through the regulation of liver autophagy/apoptosis-related gene expression and signaling pathway activation.
The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine 01/2013; 231(2):127-138. · 1.37 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Established acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is often refractory to treatment. Clinical trials have demonstrated modest treatment effects, and mortality remains high. Ventilator strategies must be developed to prevent ARDS.
Early ventilatory intervention will block progression to ARDS if the ventilator mode (1) maintains alveolar stability and (2) reduces pulmonary edema formation.
Yorkshire pigs (38-45 kg) were anesthetized and subjected to a "two-hit" ischemia-reperfusion and peritoneal sepsis. After injury, animals were randomized into two groups: early preventative ventilation (airway pressure release ventilation [APRV]) versus nonpreventative ventilation (NPV) and followed for 48 hours. All animals received anesthesia, antibiotics, and fluid or vasopressor therapy as per the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Titrated for optimal alveolar stability were the following ventilation parameters: (1) NPV group--tidal volume, 10 mL/kg + positive end-expiratory pressure - 5 cm/H2O volume-cycled mode; (2) APRV group--tidal volume, 10 to 15 mL/kg; high pressure, low pressure, time duration of inspiration (Thigh), and time duration of release phase (Tlow). Physiological data and plasma were collected throughout the 48-hour study period, followed by BAL and necropsy.
APRV prevented the development of ARDS (p < 0.001 vs. NPV) by PaO₂/FIO₂ ratio. Quantitative histological scoring showed that APRV prevented lung tissue injury (p < 0.001 vs. NPV). Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid showed that APRV lowered total protein and interleukin 6 while preserving surfactant proteins A and B (p < 0.05 vs. NPV). APRV significantly lowered lung water (p < 0.001 vs. NPV). Plasma interleukin 6 concentrations were similar between groups.
Early preventative mechanical ventilation with APRV blocked ARDS development, preserved surfactant proteins, and reduced pulmonary inflammation and edema despite systemic inflammation similar to NPV. These data suggest that early preventative ventilation strategies stabilizing alveoli and reducing pulmonary edema can attenuate ARDS after ischemia-reperfusion and sepsis.
The journal of trauma and acute care surgery. 08/2012; 73(2):391-400.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Female mice exhibited higher survival rate than males after pneumonia, with a reversal of this pattern following ozone exposure. Surfactant protein A (SP-A) plays an important role in innate immunity and SP-A (-/-) mice were more susceptible to pneumonia than wild type mice. Here, we investigated underlying mechanisms of the differential susceptibility of mice to pneumonia. Wild type and SP-A (-/-) C57BL/6J male and female mice were exposed to ozone or filtered air (FA) and then infected intratracheally with Klebsiella pneumoniae. Blood, spleen, and lung were analyzed for bacterial counts, lung and spleen weights, and sex hormone and cortisol levels were measured in plasma within two days post-infection. We found: 1) in the absence of ozone-induced oxidative stress, males had higher level of bacterial dissemination compared to females; ozone exposure decreased pulmonary clearance in both sexes and ozone-exposed females were more affected than males; 2) ozone exposure increased lung weight, but decreased spleen weight in both sexes, and in both cases ozone-exposed females were affected the most; 3) plasma cortisol levels in infected mice changed: ozone-exposed>FA-exposed, females>males, and infected>non-infected; 4) no major sex hormone differences were observed in the studied conditions; 5) differences between wild type and SP-A (-/-) mice were observed in some of the studied conditions. We concluded that reduced pulmonary clearance, compromised spleen response to infection, and increased cortisol levels in ozone-exposed females, and the higher level of lung bacterial dissemination in FA-exposed males, contribute to the previously observed survival outcomes.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The genetic contribution to the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in prematurely born infants is substantial, but information related to the specific genes involved is lacking.
Genotype analysis revealed, after multiple comparisons correction, two significant single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), rs3771150 (IL-18RAP) and rs3771171 (IL-18R1), in African Americans (AAs) with BPD (vs. AAs without BPD; q < 0.05). No associations with Caucasian (CA) BPD, AA or CA respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), or prematurity in either AAs or CAs were identified with these SNPs. Respective frequencies were 0.098 and 0.093 in infants without BPD and 0.38 for each SNP in infants with BPD. In the replication set (82 cases; 102 controls), the P values were 0.012 for rs3771150 and 0.07 for rs3771171. Combining P values using Fisher's method, overall P values were 8.31 × 10(-7) for rs3771150 and 6.33 × 10(-6) for rs3771171.
We conclude that IL-18RAP and IL-18R1 SNPs identify AA infants at risk for BPD. These genes may contribute to AA BPD pathogenesis via inflammatory-mediated processes and require further study.
We conducted a case-control SNP association study of candidate genes (n = 601) or 6,324 SNPs in 1,091 prematurely born infants with gestational age <35 weeks, with or without neonatal lung disease including BPD. BPD was defined as a need for oxygen at 28 days.
Pediatric Research 01/2012; 71(1):107-14. · 2.67 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It has been shown that female mice with pneumonia have a survival advantage over males, but this is reversed if ozone exposure precedes infection. The purpose of this study was to investigate factors that underlie these observations, by studying histopathologic changes in lung and extrapulmonary (spleen and liver) tissues after ozone or filtered air (FA) exposure followed by pulmonary bacterial infection. Male and female wild type C57BL/6J mice were exposed to ozone or FA, then anesthetized and infected intratracheally with Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria. Tissues (lung, spleen, and liver) were subjected to histopathologic analysis at 48 h post-infection. We found that after infection, 1) the severity of inflammation was higher, the affected area of the lung was larger, and spleen red pulp myelopoiesis was lower in ozone-exposed mice compared to FA-exposed animals in both sexes; 2) more pronounced extrapulmonary lesions (in liver and spleen) were observed in FA-exposed males compared to FA-exposed females; and 3) excessive lung inflammatory response was detected in ozone-exposed females compared to ozone-exposed males. We concluded that different risk factors contribute to the differential outcome of pneumonia between sexes in the presence or absence of ozone-induced oxidative stress. In specific, the excessive lung inflammation and higher risk for extrapulmonary lesions in ozone-exposed infected females and in FA-exposed infected males appear to play, respectively, a dominant role in the previously observed respective survival outcomes.
International Journal of Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 09/2011; 3(3):176-90.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Two human genes, SFTPA1 (SP-A1) and SFTPA2 (SP-A2), encode surfactant protein A, a molecule of innate immunity and surfactant-related functions. Several genetic variants have been identified for both genes. These include nucleotide (nt) polymorphisms, as well as alternative splicing patterns at the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR). Exon B (eB) is included in the 5'UTR of most SP-A2, but not SP-A1 splice variants. We investigated the role of eB in the regulation of gene expression and translation efficiency. A luciferase (Luc) reporter gene was cloned downstream of the entire (AeBD) or eB deletion mutants (del_mut) of the SP-A2 5'UTR, or heterologous 5'UTRs containing the eB sequence, or a random sequence of equal length. The del_mut constructs consisted in consecutive deletions of five nucleotides (n = 8) within eB and the exon-exon junctions in the AeBD 5'UTR. Luc activities and mRNA levels were compared after transfection of NCI-H441 cells. We found that 1) eB increased Luc mRNA levels when placed upstream of heterologous 5'UTR sequences or the promoter region, regardless of its position and orientation; 2) translation efficiency of in vitro-generated mRNAs containing eB was higher than that of mRNAs without eB; and 3) the integrity of eB sequence is crucial for transcription and translation of the reporter gene. Thus eB 1) is a transcription enhancer, because it increases mRNA content regardless of position and orientation, 2) enhances translation when placed in either orientation within its natural 5'UTR sequence and in heterologous 5'UTRs, and 3) contains potential regulatory elements for both transcription and translation. We conclude that eB sequence and length are determinants of transcription and translation efficiency.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Surfactant protein A (SP-A) regulates a variety of immune cell functions. We determined the ability of SP-A derived from normal and asthmatic subjects to modulate the inflammatory response elicited by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, a pathogen known to exacerbate asthma. Fourteen asthmatic and 10 normal control subjects underwent bronchoscopy with airway brushing and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Total SP-A was extracted from BAL. The ratio of SP-A1 to total SP-A (SP-A1/SP-A) and the binding of total SP-A to M. pneumoniae membranes were determined. Airway epithelial cells from subjects were exposed to either normal or asthmatic SP-A before exposure to M. pneumoniae. IL-8 protein and MUC5AC mRNA were measured. Total BAL SP-A concentration did not differ between groups, but the percentage SP-A1 was significantly increased in BAL of asthmatic compared with normal subjects. SP-A1/SP-A significantly correlated with maximum binding of total SP-A to M. pneumoniae, but only in asthma. SP-A derived from asthmatic subjects did not significantly attenuate IL-8 and MUC5AC in the setting of M. pneumoniae infection compared with SP-A derived from normal subjects. We conclude that SP-A derived from asthmatic subjects does not abrogate inflammation effectively, and this dysfunction may be modulated by SP-A1/SP-A.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human surfactant protein A (SP-A) is encoded by two functional genes (SFTPA1, SFTPA2) with a high degree of sequence identity. Sequence differences among these genes and their genetic variants have been observed at the 5' and 3' untranslated regions (UTRs). In this work, we studied the impact on translation of the SFTPA1 (hSP-A1) and SFTPA2 (hSP-A2) gene 5' UTR splice variants and 3' UTR sequence variants, in the presence or absence of poly(A) tail. We generated constructs containing the luciferase reporter gene flanked upstream by one of the hSP-A 5' UTR splice variants and/or downstream by one hSP-A 3' UTR sequence variant. mRNA transcripts were prepared by in vitro transcription and used for either in vitro translation with a rabbit reticulocyte lysate or transient transfection of the lung adenocarcinoma cell line NCI-H441. The luciferase activity results indicate that hSP-A 5' UTR and 3' UTR together have an additive effect on translation. In this context, the hSP-A1 6A(3) and 6A(4) 3' UTR variants exhibited higher translation efficiency than the 6A(2) variant (P <0.05), whereas no significant difference was observed between the two hSP-A2 3' UTRs studied (1A(0), 1A(3)). Further sequence analysis revealed that a deletion of an 11-nucleotide (nt) element in both the 6A(3) and 6A(4) 3' UTR variants changes the predicted secondary structure stability and the number of putative miRNA binding sites. Removal of this 11-nt element in the 6A(2) 3' UTR resulted in increased translation, and the opposite effect was observed when the 11-nt element was cloned in a guest 3' UTR (6A(3), 6A(4)). These results indicate that sequence differences among hSP-A gene variants may account for differential regulation at the translational level.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Surfactant protein A (SP-A) plays a role in lung innate immunity and surfactant-related functions. Two functional genes, SP-A1 (SFTPA1) and SP-A2 (SFTPA2), are present in humans and primates (rodents have one gene). Single gene SP-A1 or SP-A2 proteins expressed in vitro are functional. To study their role in vivo, we generated humanized transgenic (hTG) C57BL/6 mice, SP-A1(6A(4)) and SP-A2(1A(3)). The SP-A cDNA in experimental constructs was driven by the 3.7-kb SP-C promoter. Positive hTG mice were bred with SP-A knock-out mice to generate F8 offspring for study. Epithelial alveolar type II cells were SP-A-positive, and Clara cells were negative by immunohistochemistry in hTG mice. The levels of SP-A in lungs of two hTG lines used were comparable with those in human lungs. Southern blot analysis indicated that two cDNA copies of either SP-A1(6A(4)) or SP-A2(1A(3)) were integrated as a concatemer into the genome of each of the two hTG lines. Electron microscopy analysis revealed that hTG mice with a single SP-A1(6A(4)) or SP-A2(1A(3)) gene product lacked tubular myelin (TM), but hTG mice carrying both had TM. Furthermore, TM was observed in human bronchoalveolar lavage fluid only if both SP-A1 and SP-A2 gene products were present and not in those containing primarily (>99.7%) either SP-A1 or SP-A2 gene products. In vivo rescue study confirmed that TM can only be restored after administering exogenous SP-A containing both SP-A1 and SP-A2 into the lungs of SP-A knock-out mice. These observations indicate that SP-A1 and SP-A2 diverged functionally at least in terms of TM formation.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 04/2010; 285(16):11998-2010. · 4.65 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Surfactant protein A (SP-A) plays a role in lung innate immunity and surfactant-related functions. Two functional genes, SP-A1
(SFTPA1) and SP-A2 (SFTPA2), are present in humans and primates (rodents have one gene). Single gene SP-A1 or SP-A2 proteins expressed in vitro are functional. To study their role in vivo, we generated humanized transgenic (hTG) C57BL/6 mice, SP-A1(6A4) and SP-A2(1A3). The SP-A cDNA in experimental constructs was driven by the 3.7-kb SP-C promoter. Positive hTG mice were bred with SP-A
knock-out mice to generate F8 offspring for study. Epithelial alveolar type II cells were SP-A-positive, and Clara cells were
negative by immunohistochemistry in hTG mice. The levels of SP-A in lungs of two hTG lines used were comparable with those
in human lungs. Southern blot analysis indicated that two cDNA copies of either SP-A1(6A4) or SP-A2(1A3) were integrated as a concatemer into the genome of each of the two hTG lines. Electron microscopy analysis revealed that
hTG mice with a single SP-A1(6A4) or SP-A2(1A3) gene product lacked tubular myelin (TM), but hTG mice carrying both had TM. Furthermore, TM was observed in human bronchoalveolar
lavage fluid only if both SP-A1 and SP-A2 gene products were present and not in those containing primarily (>99.7%) either
SP-A1 or SP-A2 gene products. In vivo rescue study confirmed that TM can only be restored after administering exogenous SP-A containing both SP-A1 and SP-A2 into
the lungs of SP-A knock-out mice. These observations indicate that SP-A1 and SP-A2 diverged functionally at least in terms
of TM formation.
Journal of Biological Chemistry 04/2010; 285(16):11998-12010. · 4.65 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Some risk factors for susceptibility to recurrent urinary tract infection (r-UTI) are well known, but the genetic role in acquiring the disease is poorly understood. Surfactant protein A and D (SP-A and SP-D) play an important role in modulation of lung inflammatory processes. The SP-A1 and SP-A2 genes encoding SP-A and the SP-D gene are highly polymorphic, and some of polymorphisms are associated with several infective diseases, including pyelonephritis. In the present study, we investigated whether some of these polymorphisms are associated with the risk of r-UTI in Chinese population. Genomic DNA was extracted from blood samples of 32 female patients with r-UTI and 30 age-matched, unrelated healthy female subjects. Genotyping of gene polymorphisms was analyzed by PCR. Among 11 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (five of SP-A1, four of SP-A2 and two of SP-D) observed in the enrolled subjects, Ala19Val of SP-A1 and Lys223Gln of SP-A2 were associated with susceptibility to r-UTI. The frequencies of 19Ala allele of SP-A1 gene (p = 0.038) and 223Gln allele of SP-A2 gene (p = 0.012) in the patients were significantly higher than those in healthy subjects. The serum SP-A and SP-D levels were increased and the urine SP-A and SP-D levels were decreased in r-UTI patients compared with control subjects (p < 0.05). r-UTI patients with 19Ala/Ala or 223Gln/Gln genotype were associated with high serum and low urine SP-A levels (p < 0.01). Therefore, the 19Ala allele of SP-A1 gene and the 223Gln allele of SP-A2 gene are risk factors for r-UTI.
The Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine 01/2010; 221(1):35-42. · 1.37 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Innate immunity mechanisms play a critical role in the primary response to invading pathogenic microorganisms and other insulting agents. The innate lung immune system includes lung surfactant, a lipoprotein complex that carries out a function essential for life, that is, reduction of the surface tension at the air-liquid interphase of the alveolar space. By means of this function, pulmonary surfactant prevents lung collapse, therefore ensuring normal lung function and lung health. Pulmonary surfactant contains a number of host-defense molecules that are involved in the elimination of pathogens, viruses, particles, allergens, and other insults, as well as in the control of inflammation. This review is concerned with one of the surfactant proteins, the human (h) surfactant protein A (hSP-A), which, in addition to its role in surfactant-related functions, plays an important role in the modulation of lung host defense. The hSP-A locus has been identified with extensive complexity that may have an impact on its function, structure, and regulation. In humans, two genes--SP-A1 (SFTPA1) and SP-A2 (SFTPA2)--encode SP-A, with SP-A2 gene products being more biologically active than SP-A1 in most of the in vitro assays investigated. Although the two hSP-A genes share a high level of sequence similarity, differences in the structure and function between SP-A1 and SP-A2 have been observed in recent studies. In this review, we discuss the human SP-A complexity and how this may affect SP-A function.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human surfactant protein A (hSP-A), a molecule of innate immunity and surfactant-related functions, consists of two functional genes, SP-A1 and SP-A2. SP-A expression is regulated by several factors including environmental stressors. SP-A1 and SP-A2 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) splice variants have a differential impact on translation efficiency and mRNA stability. To study whether these variants mediate internal ribosome entry site (IRES) activity (i.e., cap-independent translation), we performed transient transfection experiments in H441 cells with constructs containing one SP-A1 (A'D', AB'D', or A'CD') or SP-A2 (ABD) 5'-UTR splice variant between the Renilla and firefly luciferase genes of a bicistronic reporter vector. We found that 1) variants A'D', ABD, and AB'D' exhibit significantly higher IRES activities than negative control (no SP-A 5'-UTR) and A'CD' has no activity; the order of highest IRES activity was ABD > A'D' > AB'D; 2) IRES activity of ABD significantly increased in response to diesel particulate matter (20 microg/ml) but not in response to ozone (1 ppm for 1 h); 3) deletion mutants of ABD revealed regulatory elements associated with IRES activity; one at the end of exon A attenuated activity, whereas a region containing a short adenosine-rich motif in the second half of exon B and the start of exon D enhanced activity; 4) elimination of a predicted double-loop structure or increase in free energy significantly reduced IRES activity; 5) elimination of one or both double-loop structures in A'D' did not affect cap-dependent translation activity. Thus several factors, including cis-elements and secondary structure type and stability, are required for hSP-A 5'-UTR variant-mediated cap-independent translation.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Surfactant protein A (SP-A) inhibits hemagglutination (HA) activity and infectivity of influenza A viruses (IAV). As we have showed before in different assays, SP-A2 gene products are more active than SP-A1. Here, we hypothesized that SP-A1 and SP-A2 mammalian CHO-cell-expressed proteins also differentially modulate HA inhibition of IAV. We found that both SP-A1 and SP-A2 equally displayed alpha(2,3)-linked sialic acids, and had similar activity against a strain (PR-8) that preferentially binds to alpha(2,3)-linked sialic acids. Based on these findings, we speculate that in human lung SP-A1 and SP-A2 will not be different in their activity against IAV that preferably bind to alpha(2,3)-linked sialic acids (like avian strains).
Medical Microbiology and Immunology 04/2008; 197(1):9-12. · 3.55 Impact Factor