Characterization of a novel model incorporating airway epithelial damage and related fibrosis to the pathogenesis of asthma

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Asthma develops from injury to the airways/lungs, stemming from airway inflammation (AI) and airway remodeling (AWR), both contributing to airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR). Airway epithelial damage has been identified as a new etiology of asthma but is not targeted by current treatments. Furthermore, it is poorly studied in currently used animal models of AI and AWR. Therefore, this study aimed to incorporate epithelial damage/repair with the well-established ovalbumin (OVA)-induced model of chronic allergic airway disease (AAD), which presents with AI, AWR, and AHR, mimicking several features of human asthma. A 3-day naphthalene (NA)-induced model of epithelial damage/repair was superimposed onto the 9-week OVA-induced model of chronic AAD, before 6 weeks of OVA nebulization (NA+OVA group), during the second last OVA nebulization period (OVA/NA group) or 1 day after the 6-week OVA nebulization period (OVA+NA group), using 6-8-week-old female Balb/c mice (n=6-12/group). Mice subjected to the 9-week OVA model, 3-day NA model or respective vehicle treatments (saline and corn oil) were used as appropriate controls. OVA alone significantly increased epithelial thickness and apoptosis, goblet cell metaplasia, TGF-beta1, subepithelial collagen (assessed by morphometric analyses of various histological stains), total lung collagen (hydroxyproline analysis), and AHR (invasive plethysmography) compared with that in saline-treated mice (all P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1326 - 1339
Number of pages14
JournalLaboratory Investigation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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