Hyaluronan Mediates Ozone-induced Airway Hyperresponsiveness in Mice

NIEHS, National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.57). 02/2009; 284(17):11309-17. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M802400200
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Ozone is a common urban environmental air pollutant and significantly contributes to hospitalizations for respiratory illness. The mechanisms, which regulate ozone-induced bronchoconstriction, remain poorly understood. Hyaluronan was recently shown to play a central role in the response to noninfectious lung injury. Therefore, we hypothesized that hyaluronan contributes to airway hyperreactivity (AHR) after exposure to ambient ozone. Using an established model of ozone-induced airways disease, we characterized the role of hyaluronan in airway hyperresponsiveness. The role of hyaluronan in response to ozone was determined by using therapeutic blockade, genetically modified animals, and direct challenge to hyaluronan. Ozone-exposed mice demonstrate enhanced AHR associated with elevated hyaluronan levels in the lavage fluid. Mice deficient in either CD44 (the major receptor for hyaluronan) or inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor (molecule that facilitates hyaluronan binding) show similar elevations in hyaluronan but are protected from ozone-induced AHR. Mice pretreated with hyaluronan-binding peptide are protected from the development of ozone-induced AHR. Overexpression of hyaluronan enhances the airway response to ozone. Intratracheal instillation of endotoxin-free low molecular weight hyaluronan induces AHR dependent on CD44, whereas instillation of high molecular weight hyaluronan protects against ozone-induced AHR. In conclusion, we demonstrate that hyaluronan mediates ozone-induced AHR, which is dependent on the fragment size and both CD44 and inter-alpha-trypsin inhibitor. These data support the conclusion that pulmonary matrix can contribute to the development of airway hyperresponsiveness.

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    • "Mice deficient in these genes show reduced response to challenge with ozone or hyaluronan (Li et al. 2011). Garantziotis et al. (2009; 2010) reported that ozone-induced airway hyperresponsivess is partly mediated by extracellular matrix hyaluronan and the TLR4 through increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and modifying the biological responses to hyaluronan. Bauer et al. (2011) examined the effector molecules downstream of the TLR4 complex and delineated heat-shock protein Hsp70 contributes to ozone-induced inflammation in the lungs. "
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