Vitamin D insufficiency has been increasingly recognized in the general population worldwide and has been associated with several lung diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and respiratory tract infections. Fibroblasts play a critical role in tissue repair and remodeling, which is a key feature of COPD and asthma. Fibroblasts modulate tissue repair by producing and modifying extracellular matrix components and by releasing mediators that act as autocrine or paracrine modulators of tissue remodeling. The current study was designed to investigate if vitamin D alters fibroblast release of key autocrine/paracrine repair factors. First, we demonstrated that human fetal lung (HFL)-1 cells express the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and that vitamin D, 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], or 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2D] induce VDR nuclear translocation and increase VDR-DNA binding activity. We next demonstrated that vitamin D, 25(OH)D, and 1,25(OH)2D significantly reduced prostaglandin (PG)E2 production by human lung fibroblasts (HFL-1) but had no effect on transforming growth factor β1, vascular endothelial growth factor, or fibronectin production. Vitamin D, 25(OH)D, and 1,25(OH)2D significantly inhibited IL-1β-induced microsomal PGE synthase (mPGES)-1 expression; in contrast, all three forms of vitamin D stimulated 15-hydroxy PG dehydrogenase, an enzyme that degrades PGE2. Cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 and the other two PGE2 synthases (mPGES-2 and cytosolic PGE synthase) were not altered by vitamin D, 25(OH)D, or 1,25(OH)2D. Finally, the effect of PGE2 inhibition by 25(OH)D was observed in adult lung fibroblasts. These findings suggest that vitamin D can regulate PGE2 synthesis and degradation and by this mechanism can modulate fibroblast-mediated tissue repair function.
BackgroundAgriculture organic dust exposures induce lung disease with lymphoid aggregates comprised of both T and B cells. The precise role of B cells in mediating lung inflammation is unknown, yet might be relevant given the emerging role of B cells in obstructive pulmonary disease and associated autoimmunity.MethodsUsing an established animal model, C57BL/6 wild-type (WT) and B-cell receptor (BCR) knock-out (KO) mice were repetitively treated with intranasal inhalation of swine confinement organic dust extract (ODE) daily for 3 weeks and lavage fluid, lung tissues, and serum were collected.ResultsODE-induced neutrophil influx in lavage fluid was not reduced in BCR KO animals, but there was reduction in TNF-α, IL-6, CXCL1, and CXCL2 release. ODE-induced lymphoid aggregates failed to develop in BCR KO mice. There was a decrease in ODE-induced lung tissue CD11c+CD11b+ exudative macrophages and compensatory increase in CD8+ T cells in lavage fluid of BCR KO animals. Compared to saline, there was an expansion of conventional B2-, innate B1 (CD19+CD11b+CD5+/−)-, and memory (CD19+CD273+/-CD73+/−) B cells following ODE exposure in WT mice. Autoreactive responses including serum IgG anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA) and anti-malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) autoantibodies were increased in ODE treated WT mice as compared to saline control. B cells and serum immunoglobulins were not detected in BCR KO animals.ConclusionsLung tissue staining for citrullinated and MAA modified proteins were increased in ODE-treated WT animals, but not BCR KO mice. These studies show that agriculture organic dust induced lung inflammation is dependent upon B cells, and dust exposure induces an autoreactive response.Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article (10.1186/s12931-017-0703-x) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
The migration of fibroblasts is believed to play a key role in both normal wound repair and abnormal tissue remodeling. Prostaglandin E (PGE) 2 , a mediator that can inhibit many fibroblast functions including chemotaxis, was reported to be mediated by the E-prostanoid (EP) receptor EP2. PGE 2 , however, can act on four receptors. This study was designed to determine if EP receptors, in addition to EP2, can modulate fibroblast chemotaxis. Using human fetal lung fibroblasts, the expression of all four EP receptors was demonstrated by Western blotting. EP2-selective and EP4-selective agonists inhibited both chemotaxis toward fibronectin in the blindwell assay and migration in a wound-closure assay. In contrast, EP1-selective and EP3-selective agonists stimulated cell migration in both assay systems. These results were confirmed using EP-selective antagonists. The role of both EP2 and EP4 receptors in mediating the PGE 2 inhibition of chemotaxis was also confirmed by small interfering RNA suppression. Furthermore, the role of EP receptors was confirmed by blocking the expected signaling pathways. Taken together, these results demonstrate that PGE 2 can act on multiple EP receptors in human lung fibroblasts, to exert disparate effects. Alterations in EP receptor expression may have the potential to alter PGE 2 action. Targeting specific EP receptors may offer therapeutic opportunities in conditions characterized by abnormal tissue repair and remodeling.
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