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Pediatr Res. 2010 Sep;68(3):210-5. doi: 10.1203/00006450-201011001-00409.

Pulmonary and systemic expression of monocyte chemotactic proteins in preterm sheep fetuses exposed to lipopolysaccharide-induced chorioamnionitis.

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Divisions of Neonatology and Pulmonary Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, 3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229, USA.


Monocyte chemoattractant proteins (MCP-1 and MCP-2) mediate monocyte and T-lymphocyte chemotaxis, and IL-1 contributes to the pathogenesis of chorioamnionitis-induced lung inflammation and fetal inflammatory responses. We tested the hypothesis that IL-1 mediates the systemic and pulmonary induction of MCP-1 and MCP-2 in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced chorioamnionitis. MCP-1 mRNA, MCP-2 mRNA, and MCP-1 protein expression were measured in two models: 1) intra-amniotic LPS and 2) intra-amniotic recombinant sheep IL-1alpha given at varying intervals before preterm delivery at 124 d GA. Intra-amniotic LPS or IL-1alpha induced MCP-1 mRNA and protein and MCP-2 mRNA in fetal lung many fold at 1-2 d. LPS induced intense MCP-1 expression in subepithelial mesenchymal cells and interstitial inflammatory cells in the lung. Inhibition of IL-1 signaling with recombinant human IL-1 receptor antagonist (rhIL-1ra) did not attenuate LPS induced increase in MCP-1 or MCP-2 expression. MCP-1 and MCP-2 were not induced in liver or chorioamnion, but MCP-1 increased in cord plasma. LPS or IL-1 can induce robust expression of MCP-1 or MCP-2 in the fetal lung. LPS induction of MCP-1 is not IL-1 dependent in fetal sheep. MCP-1 and MCP-2 may be significant contributors to fetal inflammation.

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