Surfactant protein C dampens inflammation by decreasing JAK/STAT activation during lung repair.

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Surfactant protein C (SPC), a key component of pulmonary surfactant, also plays a role in regulating inflammation. SPC deficiency in patients and mouse models is associated with increased inflammation and delayed repair, but the key drivers of SPC-regulated inflammation in response to injury are largely unknown. This study focuses on a new mechanism of SPC as an anti-inflammatory molecule using SPC-TK/SPC-KO (surfactant protein C-thymidine kinase/surfactant protein C knockout) mice, which represent a novel sterile injury model that mimics clinical acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). SPC-TK mice express the inducible suicide gene thymidine kinase from by the SPC promoter, which targets alveolar type 2 (AT2) cells for depletion in response to ganciclovir (GCV). We compared GCV-induced injury and repair in SPC-TK mice that have normal endogenous SPC expression with SPC-TK/SPC-KO mice lacking SPC expression. In contrast to SPC-TK mice, SPC-TK/SPC-KO mice treated with GCV exhibited more severe inflammation, resulting in over 90% mortality; there was only 8% mortality of SPC-TK animals. SPC-TK/SPC-KO mice had highly elevated inflammatory cytokines and granulocyte infiltration in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid. Consistent with a proinflammatory phenotype, immunofluorescence revealed increased phosphorylated signal transduction and activation of transcription 3 (pSTAT3), suggesting enhanced Janus kinase (JAK)/STAT activation in inflammatory and AT2 cells of SPC-TK/SPC-KO mice. The level of suppressor of cytokine signaling 3, an anti-inflammatory mediator that decreases pSTAT3 signaling, was significantly decreased in the BAL fluid of SPC-TK/SPC-KO mice. Hyperactivation of pSTAT3 and inflammation were rescued by AZD1480, a JAK1/2 inhibitor. Our findings showing a novel role for SPC in regulating inflammation via JAK/STAT may have clinical applications.

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Cited Authors

  • Jin, H; Ciechanowicz, AK; Kaplan, AR; Wang, L; Zhang, P-X; Lu, Y-C; Tobin, RE; Tobin, BA; Cohn, L; Zeiss, CJ; Lee, PJ; Bruscia, EM; Krause, DS

Published Date

  • May 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 314 / 5

Start / End Page

  • L882 - L892

PubMed ID

  • 29345196

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6008135

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1522-1504

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1152/ajplung.00418.2017


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States