PubMed 16337454

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Automatically associated channels: ClCa1 , ClvC4

Title: Chronic exposure to TNF-alpha increases airway mucus gene expression in vivo.

Authors: Paula J Busse, Teng Fei Zhang, Kamal Srivastava, Bernard P Lin, Brian Schofield, Stuart C Sealfon, Xiu-Min Li

Journal, date & volume: J. Allergy Clin. Immunol., 2005 Dec , 116, 1256-63

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Hypersecretion of mucus plays an important role in the pathogenesis and severity of asthma. The primary proteins in mucus are mucin glycoproteins; MUC-5AC is the primary airway mucin gene. The calcium chloride-activated channel gene hCLCA1 (gob-5 in the mouse) has been suggested to increase MUC-5AC gene expression, and both are increased in asthmatic patients and murine models. TNF-alpha increases the expression of these genes in vitro but has not been investigated in vivo.We sought to determine whether TNF-alpha increases gene expression of gob-5 and MUC-5AC and induces mucus cell metaplasia in vivo.Naive BALB/c mice received 50 ng of recombinant murine TNF-alpha (rmTNF-alpha) intratracheally daily for 1, 2, or 3 weeks; another group received the same dose of intratracheal rmTNF-alpha daily for 3 weeks and then alternate-day treatment for 3 additional weeks (total of 6 weeks). AKR mice received 50 ng of rmTNF-alpha intratracheally for 3 or 6 weeks daily. Naive nontreated mice were used as control animals. Airway gene products for gob-5 and MUC-5AC were determined by means of real-time PCR. Lung tissue sections were stained with periodic acid-Schiff/Alcian blue to assess mucus cell metaplasia.rmTNF-alpha significantly increased gene expression of airway gob-5 and MUC-5AC after 2 weeks in the BALB/c mice. There was noticeable mucus staining in all mice treated for at least 3 weeks with TNF-alpha and in 80% of the mice receiving 2 weeks of treatment. After 3 weeks of treatment, the AKR mice also showed increased gob-5 expression.This study demonstrates for the first time that TNF-alpha alone in vivo is sufficient to increase airway mucus gene expression in 2 murine strains.