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Role of inducible nitric oxide synthase-derived nitric oxide in silica-induced pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis.

Authors: Zeidler, P  Hubbs, A  Battelli, L  Castranova, V 
Citation: Zeidler P, etal., J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2004 Jul 9;67(13):1001-26.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:15205031
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1080/15287390490447296

Inhalation of crystalline silica can produce lung inflammation and fibrosis. Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)-derived nitric oxide (NO) is believed to be involved in silica-induced lung disease. To investigate the role of iNOS-derived NO in this disease, the responses of iNOS knockout (KO) versus C57Bl/6J wild-type (WT) mice to silica were compared. Male mice (8-10 wk old, mean body weight 24.0 g) were anesthetized and exposed, by aspiration, to silica (40 mg/kg) or saline. At 24 h and 42 d postexposure, lungs were lavaged with saline. The first bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid supernatant was analyzed for lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity, levels of albumin, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and macrophage inflammatory protein-2 (MIP-2), as well as total antioxidant capacity (TAC). The cellular fraction of the total BAL was used to determine alveolar macrophage (AM) and polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) counts, and zymosanstimulated AM chemiluminescence (AM-CL). In separate mice, lung histopathological changes were evaluated 42 d postexposure. Acute (24-h) silica exposure decreased AMs, increased PMNs, increased LDH activity and levels of albumin, TNF-alpha, and MIP-2 in BAL fluid, and enhanced AM-CL in both iNOS KO and WT mice. However, iNOS KO mice exhibited less AM activation (defined as increased AM-CL and decreased AM yield) than WT. Furthermore, TAC following acute silica decreased in WT but was maintained in iNOS KO mice. Pulmonary reactions to subchronic (42 d) silica exposure were similar to acute. However, histopathological and BAL fluid indices of lung damage and inflammation, AM activation, and lung hydroxyproline levels were significantly less in iNOS KO compared to WT mice. These results suggest that iNOS-derived NO contributes to the pathogenesis of silica-induced lung disease in this mouse model.

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Created: 2011-01-13
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