The tight-skin (Tsk) mouse is a genetic model of pulmonary emphysema linked to a deficiency of serum antielastase. In this mouse occurrence of connective tissue abnormalities in various organs (systemic scleroderma) has been reported. The aim of the present work was to study lung collagen synthesis and deposition in Tsk mice. No differences in the collagen synthesis rate and morphology at the ultrastructural level were found in Tsk mice at birth. At 2 months of age, a marked increase in collagen was observed within the alveolar septa. At this time, an increased lung collagen synthesis, assessed by determining prolyl hydroxylase activity and incorporation of radiolabeled proline, was found in Tsk mice with respect to control mice. However, due to the ongoing parenchymal destruction, the values of total lung collagen at 6 and 12 months of age were only moderately but significantly increased with respect to those observed at 2 months. As a consequence, a progressive accumulation of lung collagen fibers was observed in the residual septa. The increase in collagen deposition was accompanied by a relative increase in type I collagen. Although the data in the literature would suggest a genetic cause for the lung collagen change in Tsk mice, the data presented here indicate that the change in lung collagen metabolism may be a part of a remodeling process taking place after lung destruction.
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|Titolo:||Lung collagen synthesis and deposition in tight-skin mice with genetic emphysema.|
|Citazione:||Gardi, C., Martorana, P.A., Calzoni, P., van Even, P., DE SANTI, M.M., Cavarra, E., et al. (1992). Lung collagen synthesis and deposition in tight-skin mice with genetic emphysema. EXPERIMENTAL AND MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY, 56(2), 163-172.|
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