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Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2009 Feb;296(2):L167-75. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.90253.2008. Epub 2008 Nov 7.

Simultaneous absence of surfactant proteins A and D increases lung inflammation and injury after allogeneic HSCT in mice.

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  • 1Banner Children's Hospital, Mesa, AZ 85202, USA.


The relative contributions of the hydrophilic surfactant proteins (SP)-A and -D to early inflammatory responses associated with lung dysfunction after experimental allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) were investigated. We hypothesized that the absence of SP-A and SP-D would exaggerate allogeneic T cell-dependent inflammation and exacerbate lung injury. Wild-type, SP-D-deficient (SP-D(-/-)), and SP-A and -D double knockout (SP-A/D(-/-)) C57BL/6 mice were lethally conditioned with cyclophosphamide and total body irradiation and given allogeneic bone marrow plus donor spleen T cells, simulating clinical HSCT regimens. On day 7, after HSCT, permeability edema progressively increased in SP-D(-/-) and SP-A/D(-/-) mice. Allogeneic T cell-dependent inflammatory responses were also increased in SP-D(-/-) and SP-A/D(-/-) mice, but the altered mediators of inflammation were not identical. Compared with wild-type, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) levels of nitrite plus nitrate, GM-CSF, and MCP-1, but not TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma, were higher in SP-D-deficient mice before and after HSCT. In SP-A/D(-/-) mice, day 7 post-HSCT BALF levels of TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma, in addition to nitrite plus nitrate and MCP-1, were higher compared with mice lacking SP-D alone. After HSCT, both SP-A and SP-D exhibited anti-inflammatory lung-protective functions that were not completely redundant in vivo.

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