Phospho-p38 MAPK expression in COPD patients and asthmatics and in challenged bronchial epithelium
- Autori: Vallese, D.; Ricciardolo, F.; Gnemmi, I.; Casolari, P.; Brun, P.; Sorbello, V.; Capelli, A.; Cappello, F.; Cavallesco, G.; Papi, A.; Chung, K.; Balbi, B.; Adcock, I.; Caramori, G.; Di Stefano, A.
- Anno di pubblicazione: 2015
- Tipologia: Articolo su rivista (Articolo in rivista)
- Parole Chiave: Asthma phenotypes; Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease phenotypes; Mitogen-activated protein kinases; p65; Pathology of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
Background: The role of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) in regulating the inflammatory response in the airways of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthmatic patients is unclear. Objectives: To investigate the expression of activated MAPK in lungs of COPD patients and in bronchial biopsies of asthmatic patients and to study MAPK expression in bronchial epithelial cells in response to oxidative and inflammatory stimuli. Methods: Immunohistochemical expression of phospho (p)-p38 MAPK, p-JNK1 and p-ERK1/2 was measured in bronchial mucosa in patients with mild/moderate (n = 17), severe/very severe (n = 16) stable COPD, control smokers (n = 16), control non-smokers (n = 9), in mild asthma (n = 9) and in peripheral airways from COPD patients (n = 15) and control smokers (n = 15). Interleukin (IL)-8 and MAPK mRNA was measured in stimulated 16HBE cells. Results: No significant differences in p-p38 MAPK, p-JNK or p-ERK1/2 expression were seen in bronchial biopsies and peripheral airways between COPD and control subjects. Asthmatics showed increased submucosal p-p38 MAPK expression compared to COPD patients (p < 0.003) and control non-smokers (p < 0.05). Hydrogen peroxide (H