Surfactant Protein D Deficiency Increases Lung Injury during Endotoxemia

ArticleinAmerican Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology 44(5):709-15 · May 2011with11 Reads
DOI: 10.1165/rcmb.2009-0436OC · Source: PubMed
Acute lung injury (ALI) and its severe form, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), are major causes of acute respiratory failure with high rates of morbidity and mortality. Although surfactant protein (SP)-D plays a critical role in pulmonary innate immunity and several clinical studies suggest that this protein may be implicated in the pathophysiology of ARDS, little is known regarding the function of SP-D in ARDS. In the present study, we induced indirect lung injury by intraperitoneal injection of LPS and direct lung injury by intratracheal injection of LPS in wild-type and Sftpd(-/-) mice to elucidate the role of SP-D during ALI/ARDS. Results indicate that pulmonary levels of IL-6 and TNF-α were higher in Sftpd(-/-) mice when compared with wild-type mice. However, the magnitude of this difference was 10-fold greater after indirect lung injury compared with direct lung injury. After indirect lung injury, there was a 2-fold increase in the number of pulmonary monocyte/macrophages in the Sftpd(-/-) mice when compared with wild-type mice, whereas pulmonary neutrophils were not increased. After indirect injury, the concentration of granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) was approximately 5-fold greater in Sftpd(-/-) mice than wild-type mice. In contrast, after direct injury, the concentration of GM-CSF was 20-fold less in Sftpd(-/-) mice than wild-type mice. Despite increased inflammatory cells and markers of inflammation, survival in Sftpd(-/-) mice after indirect lung injury was paradoxically increased. In conclusion, these results suggest that SP-D inhibits pulmonary inflammation and migration of peripheral monocyte/macrophages into the lung through GM-CSF-dependent pathways during indirect lung injury.
    • "Whether the magnitude of bile acid level increase or a synergetic effect of bile acids and TNF-a after CBDL contribute to the selective alterations in AT2 cells after CBDL are not defined. In addition, increased mononuclear cell infiltration in the lung is associated with decreased surfactant protein production in some inflammatory pulmonary diseases [53,54]. In experimental HPS, monocytes are recruited to the pulmonary intravascular space via altered chemokine/receptor expression (such as fractalkine/CX3CL1) [55]. "
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    • "SP-A promotes surfactant lipid turnover by mediating surfactant uptake by type II cells [83]. SP-D also helps regulate surfactant degradation by macrophages and type II cells, as evidenced by the observation that this function is impaired in SP-D-deficient mice [84, 85]. The majority of surfactant lipid is phosphatidylchoUne, with phosphatidylglycerol and phosphatidylethanolamine as the other major phospholipids present [86]. "
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    • "6) Accelerates the activity of macrophages for Phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and in turn promotes the anti-inflammatory response of macrophages [182,183]. SP-A and SP-D are known to specifically modulate the intensities of inflammatory mediators in utero that involve preterm birth [184,185] and acute respiratory distress syndrome [186]. Although the main function of Lung surfactants is to regulate the pressure differential throughout the respiratory cycle, yet research has shown that the role they play in immune defense is not trivial. "
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