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Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010 Sep 1;182(5):633-42. doi: 10.1164/rccm.200905-0659OC. Epub 2010 May 12.

Role of lung apolipoprotein A-I in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: antiinflammatory and antifibrotic effect on experimental lung injury and fibrosis.

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Division of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Bucheon Hospital, 1174 Jung-Dong, Wonmi-Ku, Bucheon, Kyeonggi-Do, South Korea.



Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is caused by alterations in expression of proteins involved in multiple pathways, including matrix deposition, inflammation, injury, and repair.


To understand the pathogenic changes in lung protein expression in IPF and to evaluate apolipoprotein (Apo) A-I as a candidate therapeutic molecule.


Two-dimensional electrophoresis was adopted for differential display proteomics. Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, Western blotting, immunohistochemical staining, and ELISA were performed for identification and quantitative measurement of Apo A-I in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids from subjects with IPF and experimental bleomycin-induced mice.


Sixteen protein spots showed differences in relative intensity between IPF (n = 14) and healthy control subjects (n = 8). Nano liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) revealed increase of haptoglobulin and decrease of alpha(1)-antitrypsin, alpha(1)-antichymotrypsin, macrophage capping protein, angiotensinogen, hemoglobin chain B, Apo A-I, clusterin, protein disulfide isomerase A3, immunoglobulin, and complement C4A in IPF compared with normal control subjects (P = 0.006-0.044). Apo A-I concentrations were lower in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids from subjects with IPF (n = 28) than in normal control subjects (n = 18; P < 0.01). In bleomycin-treated mice, Apo A-I protein in BALF was lower than that in sham-treated control animals. Immunohistochemical analysis showed positive staining on intraalveolar macrophages and epithelial cells of the lungs. Intranasal treatment with Apo A-I protein reduced the bleomycin-induced increases in number of inflammatory cells and collagen deposition in sham-treated mice in a dose-dependent manner.


Alterations of several inflammatory and antiinflammatory proteins in the lungs may be related to the pathogenesis of IPF, and local treatment with Apo A-I is very effective against the development of experimental lung injury and fibrosis.

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