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Am J Pathol. 2001 Apr;158(4):1411-22.

Cyclooxygenase-2 deficiency results in a loss of the anti-proliferative response to transforming growth factor-beta in human fibrotic lung fibroblasts and promotes bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice.

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Centre for Cardiopulmonary Biochemistry and Respiratory Medicine, Royal Free and University College London Medical School, Rayne Institute, 5 University Street, London WC1E 6JJ, United Kingdom.

Abstract

Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) inhibits fibroblast proliferation and collagen production. Its synthesis by fibroblasts is induced by profibrotic mediators including transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta(1). However, in patients with pulmonary fibrosis, PGE(2) levels are decreased. In this study we examined the effect of TGF-beta(1) on PGE(2) synthesis, proliferation, collagen production, and cyclooxygenase (COX) mRNA levels in fibroblasts derived from fibrotic and nonfibrotic human lung. In addition, we examined the effect of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in COX-2-deficient mice. We demonstrate that basal and TGF-beta(1)-induced PGE(2) synthesis is limited in fibroblasts from fibrotic lung. Functionally, this correlates with a loss of the anti-proliferative response to TGF-beta(1). This failure to induce PGE(2) synthesis is because of an inability to up-regulate COX-2 mRNA levels in these fibroblasts. Furthermore, mice deficient in COX-2 exhibit an enhanced response to bleomycin. We conclude that a decreased capacity to up-regulate COX-2 expression and COX-2-derived PGE(2) synthesis in the presence of increasing levels of profibrotic mediators such as TGF-beta(1) may lead to unopposed fibroblast proliferation and collagen synthesis and contribute to the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis.

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PMC1891895
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