Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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A murine model of elastase- and cigarette smoke-induced emphysema

Modelo murino de enfisema induzido por instilação de elastase e exposição a fumaça de cigarro

Rubia Rodrigues1, Clarice Rosa Olivo1, Juliana Dias Lourenço1, Alyne Riane1, Daniela Aparecida de Brito Cervilha1, Juliana Tiyaki Ito1, Milton de Arruda Martins1, Fernanda Degobbi Tenório Quirino dos Santos Lopes1

J Bras Pneumol.2017;43(2):95-100

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Objective: To describe a murine model of emphysema induced by a combination of exposure to cigarette smoke (CS) and instillation of porcine pancreatic elastase (PPE). Methods: A total of 38 C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into four groups: control (one intranasal instillation of 0.9% saline solution); PPE (two intranasal instillations of PPE); CS (CS exposure for 60 days); and CS + PPE (two intranasal instillations of PPE + CS exposure for 60 days). At the end of the experimental protocol, all animals were anesthetized and tracheostomized for calculation of respiratory mechanics parameters. Subsequently, all animals were euthanized and their lungs were removed for measurement of the mean linear intercept (Lm) and determination of the numbers of cells that were immunoreactive to macrophage (MAC)-2 antigen, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-12, and glycosylated 91-kDa glycoprotein (gp91phox) in the distal lung parenchyma and peribronchial region. Results: Although there were no differences among the four groups regarding the respiratory mechanics parameters assessed, there was an increase in the Lm in the CS + PPE group. The numbers of MAC-2-positive cells in the peribronchial region and distal lung parenchyma were higher in the CS + PPE group than in the other groups, as were the numbers of cells that were positive for MMP-12 and gp91phox, although only in the distal lung parenchyma. Conclusions: Our model of emphysema induced by a combination of PPE instillation and CS exposure results in a significant degree of parenchymal destruction in a shorter time frame than that employed in other models of CS-induced emphysema, reinforcing the importance of protease-antiprotease imbalance and oxidant-antioxidant imbalance in the pathogenesis of emphysema.


Keywords: Tobacco; Models, animal; Emphysema; Respiratory physiological phenomena; Lung injury.




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