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Int. j. morphol ; 34(3): 934-938, Sept. 2016. ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-828965


In this study we examined the effects histopathologic and immunohistochemical of xylene inhalation in rats by using light microscopy. Adult wistar albino rats were used in this study. Eight rats were in control group and 8 rats were in the experimental group. The experimental group was exposed to 300 ppm formaldehyde 3­5 min/day, 5 days/week for 8 weeks. The lining epithelium of respiratory mucosa showed a loss of ciliated cells with metaplasia of goblet cells, hyperplasia of squamous cells and edema, inflamation in sub epithelial area). In the group treated xylene. Disruption of cell-cell contact was observed. Weak expression of E-cadherin was observed between cells. The vascular endothelium of capillaries and venoles showed intense immunostaining for VEGF.

Se examinó el efecto histopatológico e inmunohistoquímico de la inhalación de xileno en ratas mediante el uso de microscopía de luz. Se utilizaron ratas albinas Wistar adultas. Ocho ratas formaron parte del grupo control y 8 del grupo experimental. El grupo experimental fue expuesto a 300 ppm de formaldehído, 3­5 min/día, 5 días/semana, durante 8 semanas. El epitelio de revestimiento de la mucosa respiratoria mostró una pérdida de células ciliadas con metaplasia de células caliciformes, hiperplasia de células escamosas y edema, con inflamación en la zona subepitelial. En el grupo tratado con xileno se observó una interrupción del contacto célula-célula. Se observó una débil expresión de E-cadherina entre las células. El endotelio vascular de los capilares y vénulas mostraron intensa inmunotinción de VEGF.

Animals , Rats , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects , Respiratory Mucosa/pathology , Xylenes/administration & dosage , Cadherins/drug effects , Immunohistochemistry , Microscopy, Electron , Rats, Wistar , Respiratory Mucosa/ultrastructure , Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A/drug effects
Clinics ; 68(5): 702-709, maio 2013. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-675758


OBJECTIVE: Advances in graft reepithelialization and revascularization have renewed interest in airway transplantation. This study aims to determine whether topically applied preservation solutions can ameliorate ischemic injury to tracheal grafts. We analyzed 1) the effects of cold ischemia on the mucociliary clearance of tracheal grafts and 2) the impact of topically applied preservation solutions on the effects of cold ischemia on mucociliary clearance. METHOD: Tracheal segments (n=217) from 109 male Wistar rats were harvested, submerged in low-potassium-dextran-glucose, histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate, or saline solution (saline group), and stored at 4°C for 6, 10, 16, or 24 hours. A control group (not submerged) was analyzed immediately after harvesting. In situ mucociliary transport and ciliary beating frequency were measured using a stroboscope. Epithelial integrity, cellular infiltration, and mucus storage were quantified by light microscopy and image analysis software, along with transmission electron microscopy. RESULTS: 1) The effects of cold ischemia: in situ mucociliary transport and ciliary beating frequency were greater in the control group than after cold ischemia. Microscopic analysis results were similar between groups. 2) The effects of preservation solutions: there was no difference between the low-potassium-dextran-glucose, histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate, and saline groups in functional or light microscopy analysis. The saline group presented stronger signs of ischemic injury with transmission electron microscopy. CONCLUSIONS: Cold ischemia diminished the mucociliary clearance of the tracheal respiratory epithelium. Topically applied preservation solutions did not ameliorate the injury caused by cold ischemia to the tracheal respiratory epithelium. .

Animals , Male , Rats , Cold Ischemia/methods , Organ Preservation Solutions/pharmacology , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects , Trachea/drug effects , Microscopy, Electron, Transmission , Mucociliary Clearance/drug effects , Rats, Wistar , Respiratory Mucosa/ultrastructure , Trachea/transplantation , Trachea/ultrastructure
Journal of Korean Medical Science ; : 778-784, 2011.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-58123


Scutellarin is a flavonoid extracted from a traditional Chinese herb, Erigeron breviscapus. The present study investigated the effect of scutellarin on MUC5AC mucin production and the possible mechanism. Human bronchial epithelial 16 (HBE16) cells were pretreated with scutellarin for 60 min, and then exposed to human neutrophil elastase (HNE) or interleukin (IL)-13 for 12 hr. RT-PCR and ELISA were performed to measure the amount of MUC5AC mucin production. The results showed that scutellarin inhibited MUC5AC expression both in mRNA and protein level induced by HNE in a concentration-dependent manner. However, scutellarin failed to inhibit MUC5AC mucin production induced by IL-13. To investigate the intracellular mechanisms associated with the effect of scutellarin on MUC5AC mucin production, western blotting was carried out to examine the phosphorylation of protein kinase C (PKC), signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (STAT6) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). The phosphorylation of PKC and ERK1/2 was attenuated after treatment with scutellarin, whereas STAT6 was not significantly affected. Therefore, it is suggested that scutellarin down-regulates MUC5AC mucin production on HBE16 cells via ERK-dependent and PKC-dependent pathways.

Humans , Apigenin/chemistry , Cells, Cultured , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Down-Regulation , Epithelial Cells/drug effects , Erigeron/chemistry , Glucuronates/chemistry , Interleukin-13/pharmacology , Leukocyte Elastase/pharmacology , Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 1/metabolism , Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase 3/metabolism , Mucin 5AC/genetics , Phosphorylation , Protein Kinase C/metabolism , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects , STAT6 Transcription Factor/metabolism , Signal Transduction
Journal of Korean Medical Science ; : 317-324, 2011.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-117227


Hyperoxic ventilation induces detrimental effects on the respiratory system, and ambient oxygen may be harmful unless compensated by physiological anti-oxidants, such as vitamin C. Here we investigate the changes in electrolyte transport of airway epithelium in mice exposed to normobaric hyperoxia and in gulonolacton oxidase knock-out (gulo[-/-]) mice without vitamin C (Vit-C) supplementation. Short-circuit current (Isc) of tracheal epithelium was measured using Ussing chamber technique. After confirming amiloride-sensitive Na+ absorption (DeltaIsc,amil), cAMP-dependent Cl- secretion (DeltaIsc,forsk) was induced by forskolin. To evaluate Ca2+-dependent Cl- secretion, ATP was applied to the luminal side (DeltaIsc,ATP). In mice exposed to 98% PO2 for 36 hr, DeltaIsc,forsk decreased, DeltaIsc,amil and DeltaIsc,ATP was not affected. In gulo(-/-) mice, both DeltaIsc,forsk and DeltaIsc,ATP decreased from three weeks after Vit-C deprivation, while both were unchanged with Vit-C supplementation. At the fourth week, tissue resistance and all electrolyte transport activities were decreased. An immunofluorescence study showed that the expression of cystic fibrosis conductance regulator (CFTR) was decreased in gulo(-/-) mice, whereas the expression of KCNQ1 K+ channel was preserved. Taken together, the CFTR-mediated Cl- secretion of airway epithelium is susceptible to oxidative stress, which suggests that supplementation of the antioxidant might be beneficial for the maintenance of airway surface liquid.

Animals , Mice , Ascorbic Acid Deficiency/metabolism , Biological Transport/drug effects , Chlorides/metabolism , Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator/antagonists & inhibitors , Colforsin/pharmacology , Hyperbaric Oxygenation , Hyperoxia/physiopathology , Ion Transport/drug effects , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Mice, Inbred ICR , Mice, Knockout/metabolism , Mice, Transgenic , Microscopy, Fluorescence , Oxidative Stress , Oxygen/adverse effects , Potassium Channels/metabolism , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects , Sodium , Sugar Acids/metabolism
Experimental & Molecular Medicine ; : 367-375, 2007.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-201417


The EGFR plays an essential role in goblet cell hyperplasia and mucus hypersecretion. EGFR has an intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity that, when activated, induces the production of MUC5AC through the signaling kinase cascade in the airway epithelium. We have investigated the effects of an EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor, gefitinib, on ovalbumin (OVA)-induced, allergic inflammation in airway epithelia of mice. OVA-sensitized mice were pretreated with gefitinib at two different doses (12.5 and 50 mg/kg) and then challenged with OVA. The OVA challenge increased the total cell count and eosinophil count in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), as well as the concentrations of T-helper2 (Th2) cytokines, such as IL-4 and IL-13, overall eosinophil recruitment in the lung tissue and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Pretreatment with gefitinib reduced the inflammatory cell counts and released cytokine concentrations (IL-4 and IL-13) in BALF, as well as eosinophil recruitment in the lungs and AHR, in a dose-dependent manner. This was associated with decreased EGFR and Akt phosphorylation. We showed that gefitnib inhibits EGFR and phosphoinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K)/Akt activation which were activated in OVA sensitized mice. These findings suggest that inhibitors of the EGFR cascade may have a role in the treatment of asthma.

Animals , Male , Mice , Antineoplastic Agents/therapeutic use , Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid/cytology , Cytokines/biosynthesis , Enzyme Activation , Eosinophils/cytology , Goblet Cells/pathology , Inflammation/drug therapy , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Ovalbumin , Phosphorylation , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-akt/metabolism , Quinazolines/therapeutic use , ErbB Receptors/antagonists & inhibitors , Respiratory Hypersensitivity/drug therapy , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects
Int. j. morphol ; 23(4): 293-300, 2005. ilus, tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: lil-626798


El consumo materno de etanol durante la lactancia altera la composición de la leche, provoca la aparición de etanol y acetaldehído en la leche y agrava los efectos del etanol en las crías de ratas. De este modo, fueron estudiados los efectos del etanol, administrado a las ratas madres durante la lactancia, sobre el epitelio respiratorio y en las glándulas septales anterior y posterior de las crías lactantes con 21 días de vida postnatal. Las ratas recibieron etanol al 20% en el bebedero, ad libitum durante los 21 días que amamantaron. Los controles recibieron un volumen similar de agua sin alcohol. Las crías fueron sacrificadas en el 21 día. Las cabezas fueran cortadas frontalmente. Los cortes seriados de 6 µm de grosor fueron teñidos con hematoxilina y eosina. Fueron determinados los parámetros nucleares de los epitelios respiratorio y glandular, así como los volúmenes citoplasmático y celular, relación núcleo-citoplasma, densidades numérica y superficial y espesor del epitelio. El peso corporal medio de las crías control fue 34,9 g y en las tratadas 20,2 g. Histologicamente, el epitelio respiratorio se mostró adelgazado en el grupo tratado, constituido por células abundantes y menores, con núcleos menores. La glándula septal posterior presentó ácinos menores. En este trabajo, el etanol indujo un cuadro de hipotrofia epitelial (respiratorio y glandular), indicando una acción directa sobre las células de la mucosa nasal, además de retardar el desarrollo de las crías intoxicadas.

Maternal ingestion of ethanol during lactation alters the chemical composition of milk, results in the appearance of ethanol and acetaldehyde in milk, and exacerbates the effects of ethanol on the rat pups. So that, the effect on respiratory epithelium and anterior and posterior septal glands in 21-day-old suckling pups of ethanol treated mothers was studied. Female rats received dinking water ad libitum containing ethanol (20%) throughout the whole lactation. Control animals received a similar volume of water without ethanol. Lactent rats (21 day-old) were killed by lethal dose of anesthetic. The heads were serially sectioned (6µm thick) in a frontal plain, and stained with haematoxylin and eosin. Cell nuclear parameters were estimated, as well as cytoplasm and cell volume, nucleus-cytoplasm ratio, number and surface densities, and epithelial thickness. Mean body weight of the pups was 34.9 g for the controls and 20.2 g for the treated group. Histologically, the respiratory epithelium was thinner, with more numerous and smaller cells and small nuclei. The posterior septal glands showed smaller acini. In this paper, ethanol induced epithelial (respiratory and glandular) hypotrophy, indicating a direct action in nasal mucous cells, besides retarded development in pups.

Animals , Female , Pregnancy , Rats , Lactation , Nose/drug effects , Respiratory Mucosa/drug effects , Ethanol/toxicity , Nose/pathology , Rats, Wistar , Maternal Exposure , Respiratory Mucosa/pathology , Alcoholism , Karyometry , Animals, Newborn , Nasal Septum/drug effects , Nasal Septum/pathology