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Effect of retinoic acid on platelet-derived growth factorand lung development in newborn rats.

Authors: Chen, H  Chang, L  Liu, H  Rong, Z  Zhu, H  Zhang, Q  Li, W 
Citation: Chen H, etal., J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci. 2004;24(3):226-8.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:15315332

The influence of platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on lung development in newborn rats and the effect of retinoic acid (RA) on PDGF in lung development were investigated. Newborn Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly assigned to two groups: control group and RA group. The rats in RA group was intraperitoneally injected with all trans-retinoic acid (500 microg/kg every day) for consecutive 3 days after birth, while those in the control group were not subjected to intervention. Immunohistochemical assay was performed to locate the expression of PDGF. mRNA levels of PDGF were measured by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at age of 1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 21 days. The method of radial alveolar counts (RAC) was used to measure the amount of the alveoli of the lungs. It was found that with increasing days, levels of PDGF-A and PDGF-B changed to verying degrees. RA could elevate significantly the expression levels of PDGF-A mRNA and protein (P<0.01), but not affect the expression levels of PDGF-B mRNA and protein markedly (P>0.05). It is suggested that PDGF might play an important role in lung development. RA can stimulate lung development through increasing the expression levels of PDGF-A mRNA and protein.

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RGD ID: 2292166
Created: 2008-04-11
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2008-04-11
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