Author(s): Safaeian L, Jafarian A, Rabbani M, Sadeghi HM, Torabinia N, , Safaeian L, Jafarian A, Rabbani M, Sadeghi HM, Torabinia N,
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Abstract This study hypothesized that the expression of apoptosis-regulatory genes, such as BCL-2 and BAX may be affected by genetic variation in bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in C57BL/6 and NMRI mice. Pulmonary fibrosis induced by single intratracheal dose of bleomycin (3 U kg(-1)). After 2 weeks, lung samples were analyzed for collagen deposition, pathological changes and expression of BCL-2 and BAX. The fibrotic lung changes were similar in both strains. The immunohistochemical assay using a biotin-streptavidin technique showed no significant difference in immunoreactivity for BCL-2 protein between the controls and bleomycin-treated C57BL/6 mice. However, in NMRI mice, the expression of BCL-2 was significantly (p<0.05) upregulated in myofibroblasts and neutrophils. The expression of BAX protein was significantly (p<0.05) upregulated in alveolar epithelial cells of both strains and downregulated in myofibroblasts and lymphocytes of the lung tissues of C57BL/6 mice and also in lymphocytes of NMRI mice at 2 weeks after bleomycin instillation. These results confirm the role of BCL-2 and BAX proteins in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis and suggest that the expression of apoptotic regulatory genes may be specific in different cell types in various strains.
This article was published in Pak J Biol Sci
and referenced in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology