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Exogenous gene transfer of Rab38 small GTPase ameliorates aberrant lung surfactant homeostasis in Ruby rats.

Authors: Osanai, Kazuhiro  Nakase, Keisuke  Sakuma, Takashi  Nishiki, Kazuaki  Nojiri, Masafumi  Kato, Ryo  Saito, Masatoshi  Fujimoto, Yuki  Mizuno, Shiro  Toga, Hirohisa 
Citation: Osanai K, etal., Respir Res. 2017 Apr 24;18(1):70. doi: 10.1186/s12931-017-0549-2.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:28438206
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1186/s12931-017-0549-2


BACKGROUND: Rab38 small GTPase regulates intracellular transport in melanocytes and alveolar type II epithelial cells. Ruby rats carrying Rab38 and other gene mutations exhibit oculocutaneous albinism, bleeding diathesis, and hence, are a rat model of human Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome (HPS). We previously showed that Long Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rats, one strain of the Ruby rats, developed aberrant lung surfactant homeostasis with remarkably enlarged lamellar bodies in alveolar type II cells.
METHODS: A replication-deficient recombinant adenovirus expressing rat Rab38 (Ad-Rab38) was constructed. Alveolar type II cells were isolated from the LEC rats and tested for lung surfactant phosphatidylcholine secretion. The rats were also examined whether exogenous expression of Ad- Rab38 could rescue the altered lung surfactant homeostasis in the lungs.
RESULTS: Isolated type II cells infected with Ad-Rab38 exhibited improved secretion patterns of [3H]phosphatidylcholine, i.e. increased basal hyposecretion and decreased agonist-induced hypersecretion. Endobronchial administration of Ad-Rab38 improved the morphology of type II cells and lamellar bodies, reducing their sizes close to those of wild-type rats. The increased amounts of phosphatidylcholine and surfactant protein B in the lamellar body fractions were decreased in the Ad-Rab38 infected lungs.
CONCLUSIONS: These results provide strong evidence that the aberrant lung surfactant homeostasis in the LEC rats is caused by Rab38 deficit, and suggest that endobronchial delivery of the responsive transgene could be an effective method to ameliorate the abnormal lung phenotype in the animal model of HPS.

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CRRD ID: 13524861
Created: 2018-05-01
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2018-05-01
Status: ACTIVE



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