Fibrogenic Reactions in Lung Disease

Division of Respiratory Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo 105-8461, Japan.
Annual Review of Pathology Mechanisms of Disease (Impact Factor: 18.75). 02/2010; 5(1):77-98. DOI: 10.1146/annurev.pathol.4.110807.092217
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Fibrogenic lung reactions occur as a common phenotype shared among disorders of heterogeneous etiologies. Even with a common etiology, the extent and pattern of fibrosis vary greatly among individuals, even within families, suggesting complex gene-environment interactions. The search for mechanisms shared among all fibrotic lung diseases would represent a major advance in the identification of therapeutic targets that could have a broad impact on lung health. Although it is difficult to grasp all of the complexities of the varied cell types and cytokine networks involved in lung fibrogenic responses, and to predict the biologic responses to the overexpression or deficiency of individual cytokines, a large body of evidence converges on a single common theme: the central importance of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) pathway. Therapies that act upstream or downstream of TGF-beta activation have the therapeutic potential to treat all fibrogenic responses in the lung.

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    • "Although this review will focus on novel targets for anti-fibrotic therapy, many of these targets mediate their effects by modulating the synthesis or activation of the potent pro-fibrotic cytokine TGFb. TGFb is a member of the TGFb superfamily, a highly conserved group of cytokines of which there are three mammalian isoforms (TGFb1, b2 and b3), with the role of TGFb1 in pulmonary fibrosis being the best characterized [11] [14] [17]. TGFb1 is a ubiquitously expressed pleiotropic cytokine which has profound effects on epithelial cells, airway smooth muscle cells and fibroblasts, all of which play a key role in the development of fibrosis within the lung. "
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    • "However, the data here did not indicate any myofibroblastic differentiation. These findings could be explained by the absence of TGF-ß production in NP-exposed macrophage supernatant, as TGF-ß is the main cytokine involved in fibroblasts differentiation [50]. Moreover, one can’t rule out the influence of kinetic aspects of our experimental set-up, where macrophages were exposed for 48 hours, leading to a M1-like pro-inflammatory phenotype, without the possibility of developing a later M2 phenotype, where macrophages could act as the primary effectors of later stages of repair and/or later proliferative and remodeling phases. "
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    • "The majority (> 95%) of circulating BDNF is stored in alpha granules of the platelets, together with Transforming Growth Factor-β1 (TGF-β1). TGF-β1 has been reported to play a major role in the pathogenesis of fibrosis and emphysema in COPD [11,12]. "
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