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G-CSF suppresses allergic pulmonary inflammation, downmodulating cytokine, chemokine and eosinophil production.

Authors: Queto, T  Vasconcelos, ZF  Luz, RA  Anselmo, C  Guine, AA  E Silva, PM  Farache, J  Cunha, JM  Bonomo, AC  Gaspar-Elsas, MI  Xavier-Elsas, P 
Citation: Queto T, etal., Life Sci. 2011 May 9;88(19-20):830-8. Epub 2011 Mar 21.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:21396376
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.lfs.2011.03.001

AIMS: Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor (G-CSF), which mobilizes hemopoietic stem cells (HSC), is believed to protect HSC graft recipients from graft-versus-host disease by enhancing Th2 cytokine secretion. Accordingly, G-CSF should aggravate Th2-dependent allergic pulmonary inflammation and the associated eosinophilia. We evaluated the effects of G-CSF in a model of allergic pulmonary inflammation. MAIN METHODS: Allergic pulmonary inflammation was induced by repeated aerosol allergen challenge in ovalbumin-sensitized C57BL/6J mice. The effects of allergen challenge and of G-CSF pretreatment were evaluated by monitoring: a) eosinophilia and cytokine/chemokine content of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, pulmonary interstitium, and blood; b) changes in airway resistance; and c) changes in bone-marrow eosinophil production. KEY FINDINGS: Contrary to expectations, G-CSF pretreatment neither induced nor enhanced allergic pulmonary inflammation. Instead, G-CSF: a) suppressed accumulation of infiltrating eosinophils in bronchoalveolar, peribronchial and perivascular spaces of challenged lungs; and b) prevented ovalbumin challenge-induced rises in airway resistance. G-CSF had multiple regulatory effects on cytokine and chemokine production: in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, levels of IL-1 and IL-12 (p40), eotaxin and MIP-1a were decreased; in plasma, KC, a neutrophil chemoattractant, was increased, while IL-5 was decreased and eotaxin was unaffected. In bone-marrow, G-CSF: a) prevented the increase in bone-marrow eosinophil production induced by ovalbumin challenge of sensitized mice; and b) selectively stimulated neutrophil colony formation. SIGNIFICANCE: These observations challenge the view that G-CSF deviates cytokine production towards a Th2 profile in vivo, and suggest that this neutrophil-selective hemopoietin affects eosinophilic inflammation by a combination of effects on lung cytokine production and bone-marrow hemopoiesis.


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CRRD ID: 5133731
Created: 2011-06-28
Species: All species
Last Modified: 2011-06-28
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