Aurothioglucose enhances proangiogenic pathway activation in lungs from room air and hyperoxia-exposed newborn mice

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  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a long-term respiratory morbidity of prematurity, is characterized by attenuated alveolar and vascular development. Supplemental oxygen and immature antioxidant defenses contribute to BPD development. Our group identified thioredoxin reductase-1 (TXNRD1) as a therapeutic target to prevent BPD. The present studies evaluated the impact of the TXNRD1 inhibitor aurothioglucose (ATG) on pulmonary responses and gene expression in newborn C57BL/6 pups treated with saline or ATG (25 mg/kg ip) within 12 h of birth and exposed to room air (21% O2) or hyperoxia (>95% O2) for 72 h. Purified RNA from lung tissues was sequenced, and differential expression was evaluated. Hyperoxic exposure altered ~2,000 genes, including pathways involved in glutathione metabolism, intrinsic apoptosis signaling, and cell cycle regulation. The isolated effect of ATG treatment was limited primarily to genes that regulate angiogenesis and vascularization. In separate studies, pups were treated as described above and returned to room air until 14 days. Vascular density analyses were performed, and ANOVA indicated an independent effect of hyperoxia on vascular density and alveolar architecture at 14 days. Consistent with RNA-seq analyses, ATG significantly increased vascular density in room air, but not in hyperoxia-exposed pups. These findings provide insights into the mechanisms by which TXNRD1 inhibitors may enhance lung development.
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  • Dunigan-Russell K; Lin V; Silverberg M; Wall SB; Li R; Gotham J; Nicola T; Sridharan A; Snowball J; Delaney C
  • Start Page

  • L1165
  • End Page

  • L1171
  • Volume

  • 318
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  • 6