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Mol Ther. 2004 Sep;10(3):562-73.

Effects of CFTR, interleukin-10, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on gene expression profiles in a CF bronchial epithelial cell Line.

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Department of Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29401, USA.


Mutations in CFTR lead to a complex phenotype that includes increased susceptibility to Pseudomonas infections, a functional deficiency of IL-10, and an exaggerated proinflammatory cytokine response. We examined the effects of CFTR gene correction on the gene expression profile of a CF bronchial epithelial cell line (IB3-1) and determined which CF-related gene expression changes could be reversed by IL-10 expression. We performed microarray experiments to monitor the gene expression profile of three cell lines over a time course of exposure to Pseudomonas. At baseline, we identified 843 genes with statistically different levels of expression in CFTR-corrected (S9) cells compared to the IB3-1 line or the IL-10-expressing line. K-means clustering and functional group analysis revealed a primary up-regulation of ubiquitination enzymes and TNF pathway components and a primary down-regulation of protease inhibitors and protein glycosylation enzymes in CF. Key gene expression changes were confirmed by real-time RT-PCR. Massive reprogramming of gene expression occurred 3 h after Pseudomonas exposure. Changes specific to CF included exaggerated activation of cytokines, blunted activation of anti-proteases, and repression of protein glycosylation enzymes. In conclusion, the CFTR genotype changes the expression of multiple genes at baseline and in response to bacterial challenge, and only a subset of these changes is secondary to IL-10 deficiency.

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