Preventing endotoxin-stimulated alveolar macrophages from decreasing epithelium Na+ channel (ENaC) mRNA levels and activity PEDIATRIC RESEARCH Dickie, A. J., Rafii, B., Piovesan, J., Davreux, C., Ding, J. W., Tanswell, A. K., Rotstein, O., O'Brodovich, H. 2000; 48 (3): 304-310


The acute respiratory distress syndrome is characterized by impairment of the alveolar-capillary barrier. Our laboratory has shown that distal lung epithelial cell (DLEC) amiloride-sensitive Na+ transport is impaired by in vitro coculture with endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide)-stimulated alveolar macrophages (AM) through an L-arginine-dependent mechanism. To investigate the effect of this model on mRNA levels of the rat epithelial Na+ channel, mature fetal rat DLEC monolayers were incubated for 16 h with rat AM (1 x 10(7)) and lipopolysaccharide (10 microg/mL), or the cell-free supernatant of lipopolysaccharide-stimulated rat AM. Such exposure resulted in a profound decrease in mRNA expression for all subunits (alpha, beta, and gamma) of the rat epithelial Na+ channel, without affecting 18S RNA levels. This effect was prevented by the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine. In separate experiments, confluent DLEC monolayers were exposed to lipopolysaccharide-stimulated AM supernatant for 16 h with or without N-acetylcysteine and DTT and studied in Ussing chambers. As previously demonstrated in our laboratory, AM supernatant resulted in a significant (p < 0.05) impairment of DLEC Na+ transport, as reflected by a decrease in the amiloride-sensitive component of short-circuit current (control, 3.96 +/- 0.18 microA/cm2 versus supernatant, 2.34 +/- 0.56 microA/cm2; p < 0.05). This effect was significantly reversed by N-acetylcysteine (3.55 +/- 0.48 microA/cm2), but not by DTT (1.87 +/- 0.21 microA/cm2). N-acetylcysteine, but not DTT, increased DLEC thiol levels. These studies elucidate mechanisms by which activated AM impair alveolar epithelial barrier function in an in vitro model of acute lung injury.

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