Suppression of Von Hippel-Lindau Protein in Fibroblasts Protects Against Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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Summary of "Suppression of Von Hippel-Lindau Protein in Fibroblasts Protects Against Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis."

We have reported that von Hippel-Lindau protein (pVHL) expression is elevated in human and mouse fibrotic lungs and that overexpression of pVHL stimulates fibroblast proliferation. We sought to determine whether loss of pVHL in fibroblasts prevents injury and fibrosis in mice that are treated with bleomycin. We generated heterozygous fibroblast-specific pVHL knockdown mice (Fsp-VHL+/-) and homozygous fibroblast-specific pVHL knockout mice (Fsp-VHL-/-) by crossbreeding vhlh 2-lox mice (VHL+/+) with Fsp-Cre mice. Our data show that Fsp-VHL-/- but not Fsp-VHL+/- mice have elevated red blood cell counts, hematocrit, hemoglobin content, and expression of HIF targets, indicating HIF activation. To examine the role of pVHL in bleomycin-induced lung injury and fibrosis in vivo, we administered PBS or bleomycin to age-, sex-, and strain-matched 8-week-old VHLfl/fl, Fsp-VHL+/-, and Fsp-VHL-/- mice. In Fsp-VHL+/- and Fsp-VHL-/- mice, bleomycin-induced collagen accumulation, fibroblast proliferation, differentiation, and matrix protein dysregulation were markedly attenuated. Suppression of pVHL also decreased bleomycin-induced Wnt signaling and PGE2 signaling but did not affect bleomycin-induced initial acute lung injury and lung inflammation. These results indicate that pVHL has a pivotal role in bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis, possibly via a HIF-independent pathway. Paradoxically pVHL does not affect bleomycin-induced lung injury and inflammation, indicating a separation of the mechanisms involved in injury/inflammation from those involved in pulmonary fibrosis.


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Name: American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology
ISSN: 1535-4989


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